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

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Added by Todd on 05-15-2004

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Ratings: 1,472 |  Reviews: 570
Photo of ngeunit1
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich clear copper-orange color with lots of visible carbonation and a finger-plus of frothy white head atop. The head fades down quite slowly revealing some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of lemon, wheat, and some yeast. Nice balance of elements.

T - Starts off with a mix of lemon and wheat flavor. Through the middle the lemon flavor gets a bit stronger with a bit of yeast coming through as well. The finish is a mix of lemon and wheat what linger a bit.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels really smooth and crisp, however, just a bit thin and watery as well. The finish is fairly clean expect for a bit of wheat flavor.

D - Very drinkable. The flavor and aroma are very solid, the beer just falls a bit short in the mouthfeel department. A bit more body and this could have been better.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear light-gold colored brew, very large pillowy white head topping it off. Light scent, a touch of hops on top of a sweet malty scent. Nice light taste, pretty yeasty, light wheat grain, kiss of hops, a touch of lemon and grass. Pretty full bodied and soft. A nice light summer brew, perfect on this very hot day.

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Photo of TheStig
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Crystal clear with a straw/flax coloring. Moderate carbonation, which doesn't lead to a very big head.

S- Wheat, citrus, some grass. Reminds me a little bit of some freshly baled hay-- sweet.

T- Very crisp, assertive hop notes that slide easily into citrus.

M- Somewhat astringent, light and refreshing

O- A delightful summer ale, and competently done. It's not something that inspires reams of prose, but it's a tasty beer for a hot summer evening.

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Photo of mjrod2142
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass

The beer poured light and with a bright straw yellow color and great clarity. Thee was little to no head that left thin bubbles around the edge of the glass.

The smell I got was crisp citrus hoppyness that was bright and not overly bitter. The citrus element seemed more lemon than grapefruit to me.

The beer has a fuller mouthfeel than you'd expect from the color and lack of head. My first thoughts about the taste focused on the malts, then a firm bite of hops clung to the back of my tongue for a long finish. There was no hint of fruit, which is a good thing.

Very refreshing. Delicious. Highly recommended.

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Photo of draheim
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (no best-by or bottled-on dates) poured into a Duvel tulip.

Standard perfectly clear beer yellow color w/ light white head, minimal lacing.

Aroma: light crisp malt, subtle hops

Flavor: light, clean, almost Kölsch-like. Would be great for a hot summer day, but maybe only then.

Biggest surprise is that this is a wheat beer. Overall, unremarkable.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear as glass, straw colored, gold. Thin white head leaving behind great streaks of lacing.

S: Super sharp notes of citrus, grass, and floral hops.

T: Just like the nose, bursts of citrus hops up front, a wheaty-grass taste takes over. Very much a hop forward beer, but is incredibly crisp.

M: Light, but not watery. Incredibly crisp and refreshing. Just the right carbonation.

O/D: This is a great and easy beer to put down. Could definitely see drinking a lot of this in the summer, wanting to get a hop fix, while choosing something on the lighter side. One of the best in the style I've had.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. I can't find any dates or codes on the bottle.

Pours a bright, lite golden-yellow. A white ring hangs around. Doesn't appear very carbonated. Smell is sort of muddied, yet lemony. Taste starts off with some mild, twangy hops mixed with a milder wheat base, and then folds into a dry-hopped neverland. Feel is sharp and thin. Meh - I am not impressed.

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Photo of danronian
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light gold with a minimal head that lingers with bubbles consistently rising up.

The smell is grassy and citrus-like, doesn't smell like a wheat beer.

Taste is somewhat wheat-like with sweetness but the citrus and grass hop flavor overwhelms pleasantly.

Light in the mouth but quite carbonated, combine with the hops it's a great mouth feel.

One of my favorite summer wheat beers.

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Photo of BeTheBall
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy copper color with a fairly active head. Smell was of wheat, also slightly grassy. Taste was first of wheat, followed by a nice hop sensation to dry it out, but the more I drank, the more the hop flavor came through for me, sort of overwhelming the wheat. Mouthfeel was good. Overall, this tasted pretty much like other good quality pale ales, but with a wheat note in there somewhere.

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

12 oz bottle from 2011 poured into a pint glass. I've had the tap version before, this is from a bottle.

Look: pale body, very, very clear for a wheat beer. Very thin white head with not much retention and no lacing.

Smell: hoppy with fruit and citrus standing out. Reminds me of Amarillo and Cascade, maybe Ahtanum. Its nice and inviting.

Taste: follows the nose with a smooth, flavorful hoppiness that makes this one taste like an American Pale Ale. Fruity, citrusy American hops really stand out. The malt really isn't there at all.

Feel: light, crisply carbonated, refreshing and easy drinking. This beer could make for a decent beer to have for a session.

Overall: decent beer from Southern Tier (hey, that rhymes!). Its nice and hoppy while being refreshing and a good example of a summer beer. Certainly worth a try if you're looking for a lawnmower beer. Cheers!

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Photo of jkrich
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date: Poured a bright, clear and light golden hue with a quickly receding white head.

After the smell upon opening the bottle, I thought I had a hoppy, American pale ale in my hand. The strong American hop aroma was quite evident for a wheat ale.

The initial sip seemed overwhelmingly hoppy and bitter for a wheat ale, but as I sipped the ale the malt balanced everything. There are hints of bittersweet, tropical fruits

The body was a little too thin and watery with noticeable carbonation. The mouthfeel was clean and slick with no lingering flavors on the palate.

This is a sharp and crisp thirst quencher for a very hot early June day. I could use a little more body but the ale is extremely quaffable. It tastes better after it warms slightly in the glass.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a super light lemon color with a finger of fluffy head that slowly dissipates and leaves nice lacing around the glass

S - Pretty grassy with a bit of lemon and a hint of malty sweetness

T - More lemony than the nose, fairly grassy and wheaty with a nice bit of sweetness from the malt. Mildly dry finish, tasty

M - Light body with less than average carbonation

O - Pretty good for a style I'm not normall crazy about, definitly a solid summer ale. Minus

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Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler is only a couple of hours old...

A - Mammoth airy egg shell colored head with a rocky top and comprised of varying sized bubbles... Pretty impressive retention... The color is a very pale yellow straw... A moderate amount of medium paced extremely graceful carbonation flutters throughout... A tad bit of lacing clings to the glass as the session proceeds...

S - Lemon... Orange zest... Fresh cut grass... Some crisp wheat... Some subtle floral notes... A bit musky deep down... Cereal...

T - Orange zest... Lemon zest... Wheat... Bready malts... Subtle distant notes of golden raisins... A very subtle earthy floral hop finish, the bitterness of which is a perfect compliment to this brew...

M - Light bodied... A bit on the thin side... Just the faintest prickle of carbonation... Light... Refreshing... Clear and fairly crisp...

D - A simple and refreshing American Pale Wheat Ale that makes for a terrific seasonal offering...

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Photo of AdamBear
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-transparent gold. lots of bubles, sticky white head that disappears except around the edges

S-a faint smell of fresh wheat and some grassy hops. refreshing but faint.

T-comes in real light with lemony grassy hops. a good bitterness starts and lasts for awhile. an after-taste of asian spices and some corn is good and strong and seems to last awhile. this is a unique and well balanced wheat ale.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish. very crisp.

O-this surprisingly goes down very quickly for a summer pale wheat. this is very impressive. the after-taste is quite complex and i love the bitterness within. it seems to bridge a gap between a pale wheat ale and a hoppier American Pale Ale.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The HopSun was actually something that I like quite a bit. The pour of the beer was a cloudy yellowish orange color with a fluffy white head on it. The smell of the beer had a great mix of citrus and a gentle aroma of fresh wheat. The nose was very well balanced here. The taste reflected the same way, it was a nice wheat sweetness very mild upfront with a nice hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is mostly like any other wheat ale out there. It's bright and lively, also very refreshing for the summer season. Good stuff!

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Photo of harrymel
1.66/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Second consecutive piss ale here. Brilliant clarity. Shredded sheet like a used ghost costume, broken with a central cap and super thin collar. Yellow, straw color. (3)

S: Difficult for me to smell this - not because it’s horrid, but because it’s just not putting out (see: disappointing junior prom). Some hints of corn and lemon. Not much else for me. (2)

T: Whew, the faint hints of corn and lemon - those are here. Those are winning....No, bi-winning! This is quite violent on the palate for me. Like someone squeezed a lemon into my mouth and gave me a backer of watered-down corn juice. I’m not privy to this. Some bitterness. (1.5)

M: Thin and highly carbonated. Fairly dry finish. (2)

O: Nope. Not on board with this one. (1)

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a clear golden yellow while yielding a 3/4" off-white head; mediocre retention... not much lacing to speak of.

nose is headlined by a distinct citrus (lemon zest) presence, a bit of malt and then a wheaty characteristic.

flavor mostly follows the aroma. a lot of lemon, wheat, and malt. nothing too mind-blowingly complex here, just a light, tasty, summery beer.

crisp, light bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, this is what it is. an enjoyable, tasty summer offering; nothing more, nothing less. perfect for those july and august barbeques.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a translucent light golden color with a small amount of head. Virtually no lacing. Aroma is floral hops and grains with hints of citrus hops and cut grass. Smells really good for a summer beer. Flavor is mostly of grains with a nice amount of hop bitterness. Some obligatory summer beer lemon as well. Pretty smooth and perfect for the warm weather. Solid amount of hops as well. Very light for a wheat beer but I'm guessing that's the point of this one. Overall, this is one of the best and most flavorful summer beers I've had. It is not unlike the 'Gansett Summer which also has a good amount of hop flavor. I'll be grabbing more of these for sure.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy orange, not as much carbonation as I was expecting

S-Hops, wheat and some lemon

T-Starts wheaty with some lemon. Ends with some bitterness. Well balanced.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation.

O-A summer beer with Hops!!! Usually summer beers are not to my liking as they are too light but Hop Sun has enough hops present to keep a hop head happy.

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Photo of Redrover
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the seasonal selections at Pints in Elmhurst, IL. Served in a standard pint glass, the beer is slightly dark gold with a thickish white head and pretty nice lacing.

It has an aroma of malts, citrus. I thought this part of the beer could be turned up a notch.

The taste is slightly sweet with some lemon rind. There are also crackers and a touch of lemon grass. A bit more hops late.

The mouth is crisp with very active carbonation.

All-in-all a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of JLeege
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip (from old notes)

Appearance- Pours a clear golden color with a nice fluffy white head, good lacing left behind.

Smell- Strong citrus notes layered over the wheat base.

Taste- Hops dominate the brew, the wheat aspects are noticed, but they definitely take the back seat. Mostly citrus and slightly grassy. Doesn’t have the bitterness of an IPA, but it is hop heavy. I wish I knew what the one hop variety is that was used.

Mouthfeel- Medium light body, with nice carbonation. Very easy drinking, you could have a bunch of these if you wanted.

Overall- These hoppy wheat beers seem to be all the rage. Its no Gumballhead or Lil Sumpin, probably not even as good as Oberon, but its alright.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden yellow color with the a fluffy white cap

S: Wheat, fruity but mainly citrus

T: Light citrus, wheat, slight hop bitterness

M: Light body, light booze, good feel for the style, well carbonated

O: A pretty good beer overall. Good beer to drink on a hot summer day.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Man I got to stop drinking it from the bottle. Had this at a tailgate but I believe it would have been a golden yellow with an inch of white foamy head.

S - Smells of light hops, touch of wheat and just a bit of grain and sweet malts.

T - Well your not going to get a hop attack but it drank rather well even more so than the 422 since the malts were very sweet and the wheat wasn't as aggressive. With only one hop variety it had a nice middle palate of hops which was just enough to provide a nice bitter hop experience.

M - Light to medium. Very easy to drink

Overall I could see picking up a sixer of this. Was better than the 422 but I still prefer the Pale since they have two hop variety's. Still a very solid summer offering from ST.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a radiant gold that is transparent. A white head forms and slowly dissipates. Light lacing loosely clings to the glass. Bubbles slowly rise from the bottom of the glass.

S-A pleasant combination of wheat, grains, grass, and citric scents. The hops are light yet aromatic and noticeable. The scents combine to make a mellow, attractive nose.

T-Grassiness and lemon take hold initially. Wheat, and some breadiness come in after. The hops compliment the other componenets of the beer very well This is one of the hoppier summer brews and I like that. Still maintains a light, refreshing taste.

M-Light, crisp, noticeable carbonation. The feel is great for hot weather. It is not sticky nor does it leave a sugary coating on one's tongue after a sip.

O/D-Overall, this is pretty nice. I am a flavor of the hop component in this brew. Is a great balance between flavor and light body. A six pack is perfect, I am glad to try it. It reminds me of Narragansett Summer. Except I may like Gansett's a bit better. But I will say that the six-pack of this went down far too easily. One of my more preferred summer seasonals.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just had their 422 pale wheat ale recently (which I very much enjoyed) and this tastes similar, only with the toasty, hearty nuances and "depth" of the wheat noticeably lightened a few shades (which makes it more pan-palatable, actually) and the body perhaps thinned out, but only a shade or two...

My perception of the "scaling back" carries over to the aroma the same way it did for the flavor, which makes sense. But I'm left wondering what's up with the "hop" in "Hop Sun". They say it's dry hopped, but it only makes a marginal impact on the aroma/flavor. Really, I think it balances, or rather neutralizes the interesting, uncommon toasty shredded-wheat flavors of 422 (and, of course, I'm not under the impression that the recipes are exact aside from hopping, or something of the like - but I can't help but wonder) and creates the perception of a slightly drier beer. I'd hate to call this bland - it's not. It's a well-crafted, "pan-palatable", drinkable summertime ale...hmmm...

It's filtered clearer than the 422, for sure, though a vague wheat haze is certainly still apparent. Head's less durable than I'd hoped. Dude, just up (or change) the hops a bit, don't be shy, and this could rock my world (well, night? morning?). You have a decent beer regardless of my finicky, fickle tastes.

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Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,472 ratings
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