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

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Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer)Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer)
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Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer)Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer)

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 1,471 |  Reviews: 571
Reviews by ruckus232:
Photo of ruckus232
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a wheat glass

Appearance: Well besides the fact that this beer had so much carbonation that it pretty much exploded when I opened it it actually looks really good. It is a semi cloudy light orange dark yellow color with really large white head that really sticks to the glass.

Smell: For a wheat beer I was surprised at the citrus hop smell present. It is a good smell but not what I expected (even with a name like Hop Sun).

Taste: The taste was a little bit disappointing because the smell was so good. It has a sweet wheat flavor but is very watered down in taste.

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Photo of beaulabauve
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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 FtownThrowDown
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light, clear, gold in color. Smell is some very nice hops. Taste is bitter hops and crisp. Mouthfeel is good and full. There is the obvious wheat characteristics, but there's also the typical lemony flavors and grassy notes as well. This would be a great spending all weekend out in the sun and partying kind of beer. Good stuff.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Happy Gnome.

Served in a pint glass, this one is cloudy and bright yellow in color. A clean white cap of foam that is creamy looking and delivers some nice lacing.

Wheaty and citrusy smell. Reminds me of summer!

The taste can only be described as lemon Fruit Loops. There is a wheat presence with loads of lemon citrus that adds a little bitterness. There is a mild sweetness, but the overall flavor still reminds me of the lemon rings found in Fruit Loops cereal.

Smooth, light-medium body, mildly creamy and crisp.

I think this is a really enjoyable seasonal beer. I would pick this up again, especially when the weather heats up.

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Photo of Yoda22
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I guess it's a hoppy wheat beer as advertised; it's just lacking a bit. Comes off like a thin pale ale. I like the aroma and it's not "bad". But the combo just doesn't work for me and I wouldn't likely seek it out. Would much rather one of Souther Tier's other fine offerings.

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Photo of andrewj17
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Nolen12
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of McMatt7
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hop Devil Grill in NYC.
This wasn't my favorite brew in the world but for the style it is way noteworthy; it stands way out there, buck naked dancin in the streets.
Practically an IPA, or a double IPA in a pale wheat ale.
Poured a hazy, pale orange into a pint glass.
The smell is something one is unlikely to forget... it's a love it or hate it affair but it has more impact for the style than I've ever encountered, and am ever likely to encounter for the style. Vaporized, floral/herbal hoppyness in the aroma. It attacks your nose. You may need to sneeze.
The taste is way hoppy too, in an almost ciderlike way. Hoppy apple soda, maybe? with a wheaty texture.
Very interesting all around.
Loads of character... big beer experience in something that's quite low in alcohol.
This bugger is worth a go.

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Photo of Hokies
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. With a vigorous pour the beer left a small white head that left little lacing on the beer and the appearance is a nice golden color. A nice light citrus smell a light hop spice and then you can smell the yeast. Wow, at first the citrus and hops come out strong. As I have more of this beer the spice from the hops becomes more apparent. The wheat is tough to detect and I would have to say this is more of a pale ale than a pale wheat ale. This beer is very light and decent carbonation make this beer a very drinkable beer for the summer time.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of NiceTaps
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a pint glass.

A. Poured a golden straw color with a fluffy white 2-finger head that holds up and leaves some lacing. This is a clean and clear wheat beer if there ever was one.

S. Barely there lemon, pine, and maltiness.

T. Some lemony citrus hops, wheat and malts. A bit earthy on the back end.

M. Clean and crisp; very refreshing. Nice combo of hop snap and lively carbonation. Dry wheat finish.

O. The aromas take a while to show up here. Otherwise, a fine summer brew.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mbratt93
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from sinstaineddemon. Dispensed from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Somewhat hazy but mostly clear yellow beverage with a super sized, tight head. Took me two pours to get this baby in. Lots of lacing and perfect retention, as the head stays through the entire consumption.

Aroma is wonderfully fruity and hoppy. I detect more of a pale ale characteristic than a wheat characteristic, which is fine by me. Piney. Smells like a fresh bag of pellet hops.

Simply delicious. So light and crisp and clean and smooth.Tons of hop flavor with absolutely minimal amounts of bitterness. Must be late boil additions. This was a great brew. Pretty original in my opinion and very delicious. This could be a beer for everyone as it isnt too bitter but eases one in to the hop flavor and characteristics. Thanks again to sinstaineddemon for this beaut.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Publick House in Brookline.

A hazy yellow/gold body with a white head.

Smells of slight wheatiness, not very strong.

I expected to like this beer a lot, but something just wasn't right to me. A little bit of malt of front followed by some wheat flavor. Metallic taste throughout.

Average mouthfeel for a wheat beer.

This beer is smooth, but still only average drinkability.

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Photo of RadfordBrewing
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Gurrett
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of starshockey9
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of donspublic
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beermanbrian
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of avalon07
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: A slightly faint aroma of wheat, lemon, and malt.

T: Tasted of lemon, wheat, a little bit of hops, and a malty backbone. A bit on the thin side, but that's how the style is sometimes.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: Not a bad beer, and drinkable, but not particularly memorable.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,471 ratings