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

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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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Reviews: 568 | Ratings: 1,467
Photo of mcowgill
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours clear golden color with nice creamy head that disappears quickly.

S - Interesting citrus hop aroma mixed with wheat malts. I can see why it is called Hop Sun.

T - Very crisp citrusy lemon flavor. I really like how this one tastes.

M - Crisp, carbonated mouthfeel.

D - This is one damn fine drinkable summer beer. Give me more!

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

Golden body with slightly reddish tinge. Solid finger of white head laces OK, but lower than expected.

Scent is tart piney hops. This is not your typical summer wheat.

An interesting flavor mix. Tart, tangy and zesty. Smooth up front in the mouth, it contains enough hops to treat the palate, but is certainly no "Hop Bomb". A curious flavor lull midway through each sip. Finish is tart and slightly bitter. Slight lemony citrus flavor. I like this, but would never have pegged it as a wheat brew.

Mouthfeel is zesty and taste bud tingling. Fairly high carbonation and even a hint of tooth-stripping quality.

Drinkability is really, really high. This is a summer brew designed to be quaffed outdoors on a hot day. I will buy this again.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle inspection: No useful label information.

Aroma: Fresh lemon zest, slightly piney, very refreshing perfume-like aroma.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear golden pour. A thin and sudsy white head that develops. It doesn't linger long but quickly reforms with some agitation.

Flavor: Bittering grapefruit hop resins, followed by a bready base, and a touch of dryness on the finish. Nice presence of citrus hops but not heavy handed.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing.

Overall impression: Not nearly the funkiness I expect from an American Pale Wheat Ale which is a nice change. I can do without that. Punchy hops that keep this one interesting. Light enough for an enjoyable summer session. This one works for me. Another winner from Southern Tier. Recommended.

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Photo of amstelcat
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't usually like American summer wheats but here goes...

A nice honey color in the glass with a fairly decent pure white head. What is this...citrusy hops on the nose? Can't be. American wheats are usually lackluster in this department. But to my surprise and delight as I sip, I get a nice mouthful of pleasing bitterness with the malt happy to follow in the background. Can and will drink lots of these as the opportunity exists.

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Photo of Ego
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$8.99 for a 6'er at the new De Cicco's market in Ardsley ny

1.5 fingers of messed up looking head, it looks thinned out in some strange way, it dissapates quickly, lacing is spotty, aside from the head it screams "pilsner" in the look, pale yellow in color.. honestly this isn't very impressive at all.

screw the look... this smells better than some IPAs. In a way I call southern tier "three floyd's north" cause they are in love with amarillo hops.. but you know what? I like that in certain styles.. this is citrusy and piney.. it gets the glands going. a hop lover's pale wheat if there ever was one (well.. there is.. gumballhead.. but I digress...)

taste etc...
pleasant carbonation, it hides the hop oils well.. in the sense that once you swallow a residue of mild flavor is left on your tongue. it is no hop bomb but a gentle drinking brew. it is light in the mouth but has lots of flavor. this has some real bitterness to it for a wheat. While Gumballhead really has a kick ass hop jolt, this is more subdued. This drinks "just" a touch heavier than a good pilsner... maybe not as refreshing as some wheat beers but a good one for hop heads. The wheat flavor is VERY subdued.. so I can't go huge on the scores for this. but nonetheless I am enjoying it.

a tasty alternative in the summer, I wouldn't want to drink this all day, but it would be a nice beer to switch to @ a BBQ when you are eating, it has enough character to stand up to food but not enough to over power it... more interesting than most pilsners... it's a good option. honestly I would favor the Southern Tier pilsner over this.. same hop profile basically.

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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 Illinick
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep golden in color with a fizzy white head that dissipates to about a 1/4" and doesn't budge. Nice lacing.
S: Floral and citrus hops dominate the nose. A crisp hop smell in there too, although the nose seems a bit thin at points.
T: Follows nose with floral and citrus hops dominating the taste. Crisp hop and some oily hop flavors come through towards the end. Just straight forward floral and citrus hop taste.
MF: Thin and finishes semi dry and crisp.
Overall: A solid summer time offering, nothing too special here. A crisp palate pleaser. Worth a try.

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Photo of plaid75
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy head. There was good retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell was dominated by citrusy and flowery hop. Hints of orange and yeast.

The taste was juicy orange. A nice subtle and refreshing dry orange flavor. A subtle wheaty chewiness detected as well.

The mouthfeel was crisp and carbonated. Very clean and refreshing.

I will definitely buy more of this beer. An excellent summer brew. I never had anything quite like it.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - this summer ale pours with a pale straw yellow color, a very thin lacey white head with no carbonation

S - wheaty-hoppy smell that was to be expected, with spicy aromas as well, like clove or coriander

T - full of hoppy goodness to the piney point, spiciness is slight, much less pronounced than in the aroma, still nice

M - very well balanced, spicy/hoppy, easy down, medium bodied

D - medium, might be too spicy for some

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Photo of wedge
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Luminous blonde color with vigorous tiny-bubbled carbonation and a light, frothy white head sticking to the surface. Spotches of lacing here and there. Nicely balanced hoppy aroma - soft floral and citrus with a solid, slightly wheaty, maltiness. Fresh, clean hop profile: candied and faintly juicy leaving a little lemon on the palate. Light, crisp, and refreshing.

As said before, this is an excellent summer beer. A highly sessionable cookout weather thirst quencher.

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Photo of tonytuffnuts
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from Kraig's Kegs.

Translucent deep gold body. White, frothy head retreats leaving a sticky lace on my glass.

Wonderfully simple smell with desirable hop lure. Hops at forefront with undertones of wheat. Citrus notes of lemon. Shy sweet-malt effrevescence.

Crisp wheat surfaces as the most powerful taste. Hops are faintly bitter but don't follow through as much as the smell forcasts. A little more than medium carbonation with relatively large bubbles. Hop Sun's a light bodied beer that sacrifices malt to maintain it's attraction as a summer brew.

This is a rather uncomplicated beer, very straight forward (something I don't expect from Southern Tier). No carefully engineered hop combination or malt. No spice. Still--as my friends point out--it's a good selection for those looking for a flavorful, yet modest brew. If you're looking to ease someone into hop-worshipdom but their taste-buds can't handle it yet, this beer's a good starting point. Not watered down, but light-bodied (there's a big difference), making it a good candidate for a hot summer's day.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tangerine golden color, sparkling clear with moderate head. Not much retention and definitely does look refreshing. Aroma is a burst of very pleasant floral and orange hops, soft and full, and yummily tantalizing. Tastes of juicy fresh hops. Malts are sweet and pizza dough-like, and there's a nice wheat kick too. The light hop bitterness fits in well. Crisp, bright and uplifting. Mouth is juicy, smooth, and softly syrupy. Coats the mouth with pleasant. Goes down suprisingly fast too.

A great hot summer day beer. Nicely balanced, flavoful and soft.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Boston's. Golden, and crystal clear, with a very thick white pillow-like head. Good head retention. Fair amount of hop aroma, citrusy, maybe piney and grassy. Pretty pale malt, not any tartness for a pale wheat. Slight citrusy, bitter finish. Light in body, with appropriate carbonation. Good patches of lace left clinging to the sides of the glass. Very satisfying. This is a great example of a low ABV beer that is flavorful, and refreshing without being overwhelming. I may have to try this again.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a golden yellow coloration. The head of the beer was a fluffy white coloration. The head lasted a little while.

Smell: The beer has a very pleasing grapefruit and piney resin smell.

Taste: The beer has a nice grapefruit citrus and pine resin flavor. The beer has a good malty sweet back bone.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a light body. The beer is nicely carbonated. The beer is highly drinkable. I wouldnt hesitate to purchase this one again.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is what a summer beer should be. Interesting, but light enough that if you wanted to drink a bunch, you could. But not really. It's stronger than you would think and will kick you in the butt if you drink them all. Share them!

I've really enjoyed a number of the ST things (Phin and Matts, and the tap stuff they sell at Holiday Valley Ski Resort, for instance). But this one is especially appropriate. I had a couple mixed with a couple WONDERFUL DogheadFish 90 Minutes and this is all I can type!

Ditto on the first nice day in Cleveland, 2011 (April 10). This beer works nicely, though I think some European wit's might work even better.

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Photo of mcallister
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden hue. Very creamy thick white head.

Pink grapefruit, with some peach, and some pine aromas.

Very clean hop mouthfeel with a sweet malt backbone. Grapefruit, lemon, peach, forest.

Not an over the top pale ale but a very smooth easy drinking beer.

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Photo of tempest
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice summer beer with hops. Golden-orange body with fluffy white head, so-so retention. Smells of floral, earthy hops. Taste has a light wheat backbone, but most of the flavor is in the hops. Fruity at first, then earthy and then heavily floral. Tasted like a pale ale at first, a pretty interesting beer. Its a little too light-bodied. A little more malt could turn this from a very good beer to a great beer. Give it try.

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Photo of bignick
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sunset in Allston 4/20/06. Served in a pint glass.

This is a very nice summer offering from Southern Tier. They have really left an impression on me since they entered the Boston market. This offering to me is the best summer beer I have tried this side of Three Floyds. As it warms, the hop bitterness becomes more and more pronounced and it really does a great job of surrounding the inside of the mouth without being overpowering. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it is definitely very drinkable in the southern months.

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Photo of Gritsak
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- bright, deep, golden color with a decent sized white head. retention is good and it laces down the glass.

S- lots of pine, citrus, grapefruit, orange peel... all very fresh and ripe smelling.

T- hops dominate the flavor. pine, citrus, grapefruit..there is a slight yeasty taste that also comes through.

M- light and very refreshing. carbonation is medium.

D- easy to drink but actually taste a little more potent then it is at 4.3% though.

overall- the store i got this advertised it as a "wheat IPA", so i had to give something like that a try. Even here it is listed as a pale wheat ale, but really tastes more like an IPA. no other american wheats have this intense of a hop presence, besides gumballhead of course. It would be interesting to compare this side by side with gumball to see how they size up to eachother. The actual beer is very refreshing and suprisingly strong flavored, which is not the typical for american wheats...seek this one out!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Clearest wheat I have ever seen. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Mild hoppy nose. Starts hoppy/malty and stays that way right to the finish. Some lingering bitter, piney aftertaste. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of banker
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into an imperial pint... dark gold color, nice head with good retention

citrusy hop smell fills the nose

taste is dominated by hops as expected but in a mild way, light body- has a very refreshing character, don't really get much of a wheat taste out of it, carbonation intensity is spot on

overall I'd say this is an excellent summertime session beer for hop fans, the refreshing character and light body partner really well with the hoppy goodness

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice grapefruit, a C hop aroma, good initial foam in pour. Some creaminess wheat nice on palate. Decent hop bitterness,lemon and spice, above average carbonation. Balanced with malt, Drying finish. an above average brew, the paradigm of this brewery.

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Photo of Litterbean
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw yellow, slightly hazy. The head is quite large and lumpy, but it goes away quickly leaving several protein rich chunks. Clean smelling hoppy aroma, with a bit of a roasted grain smell. Tastes hoppy at first, but at the same time very malty and sweet. A smooth clean taste with the right amount of carbonation. Chocolatey/coffee sweetness in the end with a wheatness to it. Finishes clean, and easy to drink. A winner.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice brew from Southern Tier. Poured out to a golden color with a nice quarter inch head and minute traces of lace around the glass. Medium low carbonation. Aromas of sweet cereal, floral notes, and hops. Unique and inviting. Taste was refreshing and satisfying; flavors of hops and smooth malts were abundant, with hints of caramel and earth. Very nice. Mouthfeel was refreshing and medium bodied. A good level of drinkability, this would be an ideal beer for after a long summer afternoon of gardening and cutting the grass. Recommended. Special thanks to rousee for the sample.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully clear dark lemony gold color with slow active carbonation within. Small cap of dull white froth on top. Lace is adequately strewn about in patchy rings.

Aroma is of lemon pie and and bread crusts. Tends to keep a good tone of pale wheat grainyness as the lemon continues as the main nose grabber and also floats a very light herbal grassyness in there too.

Taste is about the same, perhaps a bit more jump on the tongue then in the nose. Big edged grassyness upfront, kinda sharp, stays clean and crisp, as it tenders up a bit and cruises right into a very solid wheat grain and light husked touch. Mid leveled taster with a bolder notion of pale maltyness making a firm stay across the palate. A light lean of lemon peels towards the finish as it stays wet with a bit of creamy wheat return very late.

Feel is light to medium in body with a very clean and slippery presense in its carbonation. Actually quite slick and quick to go down. Tries to fancy up more in the front then in the back. Most of the action of flavor and herbal bitterness happens quickly then levels off nearly as quick leaving creamy wheat, light lemon nuances, and a twist of herbal hops. Quite an easy goin' treat.

Thanks to Shaughn256 for the supply!

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Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,467 ratings.
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