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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Photo of dragonbrew
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Never had this beer, but I've heard so many great things about it, I figured I'd better give it a try.

Poured a dark golden color almost merging into amber in color, which I considered dark for a wheat beer. Head retention was very solid, nice lacing and it stuck around on the edges of glass for the entire beer tasting.

The aroma of hops was obvious as expected and since smell and taste go so well together it was even still very prevalent after swallowing. For instance, the first breath of air after swallowing brought that heavy hop scent right back into the olfactory senses for another go around.

Mouthfeel was slightly above average as sometimes it seems that summer style beer can be somewhat weak in texture, this was not like that.

I'm not a hop chaser personally and I know that is not a popular sentiment these days, but I would consider this a great choice for those who do enjoy such beers. I would certainly give this beer another go.

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

Foamy white head that settles to a gelatanous-like thin sheet. Patches of condensed lace with good strength. Glowing light auburn in color.

Bright citrus and pine hop aromatics; light malted oat and wheat backbone to the tart hop character.

Citric lemon, lime, and pine flavors. The wheat flavors are clean tasting and subtle, behind the tart hops. There's a touch of sweetness before a light citric-bitter quality. Lemon and lime in the aftertaste.

Light bodied; buttery and creamy on the palate which is a bit odd for the style, but still quite pleasant.

Flavorful and quite interesting for the style; a hybrid of a wheat and lightly hopped IPA. Wonderfully drinkable for the summer heat, with more flavor than your typical wheat.

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Photo of scooter231
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bugger was darned interesting and complex. Really had to think for the right words to describe. Pours a pale goldenish/orange color with huge white head. Smell is way way way pungent and sour. Eye watering hoppyness that just doesn't quit- you're almost afraid to take a sip- almost. Still, the boldness of it intrigued me, regardless of eye watering.

Taste really reminded me of an alcoholic cider I had in Finland a few times. Very, very similar. Sour, citrus, pungent and hoppy, yet sweet in the background. Bubbly and smooth but too watery for my taste. Still, light and easy to drink. Very, very cidery. Refreshing, and a lot of fun to review. This guy's got character.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
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 semihobo
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Ah I love these Southern Tier pure black bottle caps.

Nice looking brew, inbetween clear and hazy. Tiny bubbles, not a tall head but one with longevity that left a centered pile of lacing.

Aroma is of hops, but not very piney or citruslike. Some spices and grainy wheat smell. Not overpowering. For the summer, the smell is just right.

Some wheat at the beginning but this taste is all hops. So much for the small amount of hops in the smell, this is definitely pale ale. The aftertaste is the best, with the other flavors more discernable and less dominated by the hops. A nice wheat taste lingers. This is more a seasonal for ale/hops fans rather than those who like delicate wheats.

Very crisp mouthfeel, well carbonated. Goes very well with the hops bite, that this is more carbonated than a lot in its style.

Not so drinkable -- I get a little flare in my nostrils from the hops, and the heavy hopping and carbonation limits the extent to which this can quench. Didn't have it on a hot day outside, but I don't think this beer's place is as a refreshing drink. Again, it's a twist on ales, not a twist on summer wheats. I think the carbonation would get to me after a few of these.

Another solid offering from Southern Tier. Not that complex or groundbreaking, but nice to see a good twist on a summer ale.

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Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden color.Creamy white head,with good lacing. The kind of beer you can just sit back and enjoy. Smooth,refresing taste. Light, but full flavor.Nice hop kick. It goes down very easy on a hot summer's day. Southern tier has a winner here. Try one or two if you get a chance!!

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

Mmm. 12oz bottle. Nice white head and pours a nice dark gold color. Nice lacing. This smells like other southern tier offerings; PIney, floral hoppy and citrusy. The taste is so nice. Similar to other souther tier beers but milder. This is milder than their "mild" IPA but still great hoppage with a good maltiness to balance it out. Therefore we have a ncie refreshing beer this time around. THe mouthfeel is moderate, but crisp and a little bitey. Surprisingly low abv with this beer but thats allright. Incredibly drinkable and flavorful.

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Photo of Naes
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is crystal clear copper color. The head is generously frothy and white with abundant lacing.

Aroma is a bit of citrus and floral hops. It smells more like an IPA rather than a wheat beer.

The flavor is also of citrus, followed by the hops then the yeasty and wheat accents come in to play. This is quite a complex flavor for a wheat beer.

Mouth feel is light bodied with very little carbonation and is very easy to consume.

This beer is great for a hot day and still has a decent amount of flavor.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light hazy peach hues with a frothy sudsy pillowy beige head cap. Some lattice lace left in the glass.

Light fruity aromas of apricot and some citrous lemons and vanilla malts.

First swigs: Juicy orange and dusty dry flavors. Wheat is muted but the hops take the front seat. Some orange juice and cider notes. Slightly spiced coriander notes. Clean finish with a lingering sweetness.

Light body. Shushy soft carbonation.

Last swigs: Tasty sweet citrous dust cutter. Wheat is overtaken by the Tang orange like hop flavors.

Beer is good. Happy Summer beering.

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Photo of JackStraw22
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap and Collegetown Bagels. Pours with a golden body and a crisp white head. The head retention wasn't very good in the glass, but excellent in the pitcher it came in. Wonderfully hoppy nose but not very complex. Crisp and refreshing, a really clean bitterness. Very citrusy and hoppy taste, and a clean sweetness. Incredibally drinkable, great summer beer.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

light peachy orange, clear with draft-pour style thin head. palealeish in all its glory. fruity hop smell is very light, transcends normal citrus smell to a sort of pineapple. solid wheat profile provides a uniform basic bitterness, complexity and crisp texture. hops prolong the bitter and linger just enough to be the last flavor left on the palate. cute little bubble gum finish cuts off just prior. drinkable like crazy with flavor complexity to keep us beer nerds happy. that orangey pineapple flavor makes nice burps. why cant this be the world's bud?

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Photo of Celt44
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a light amber with a small but sustainable head that lasts throughout. Aroma is sweet and strong with a heavy fruit presence ....and hops of course. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth. Strong hop taste is perfectly balanced with hints of grapefruit and citrus.

A Hop Sun experience is amplified during a hot, muggy summer day when a great thirst has overtaken your mouth, tongue, and throat. A great session beer with an ABV of 4.4% - give or take a tenth. A guy with a beer ball of this stuff on his back serves it cold in the stands at my local AA ballpark. A superb alternative to the macro-swill that normally monopolizes sport stadiums. Excellent choice this summer...

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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 CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with some amber tints. Big white head forms and manages to leave some lace on the weizen glass
Aroma has some bread and butter tones with a touch of honey and some definitive pine and citrus notes. Bread crumbs come to mind.
Flavor has some light caramel, a lot of wheat and bread and a nice citrusy note. Well balanced and not cloying.
Mouthfeel is lighter bodied as style would dictate but still manages to deliver a well balanced refreshing taste. Citrus notes are subtle and welcome.
Drinkability is excellent, refreshing and tasty with some definitive tastes, unlike some many lighter beers that just losse all flavor when trying to brew lighter fare. Another soild effort from the folks at ST.

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

Thanks to Prostman for the trade.
This is an obvious Americanized wheat beer, as its meant to be. The appearance is a dark gold with a fine white head. The aroma is hoppy and floral, with a comparable hop intensity to many APA's. The flavor is very crisp from the wheat with the citrusy kick of the hops. This is highly drinkable and thirst quenching, a sort of blend of SNPA and SN Wheat but really its own creation.

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Photo of wailingwench
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Eye Candy: See through Pilsner. Small white head that stuck @ untill the finish.

The Nose Knows: Grassy wheat, wet dough, light hop, sweet malt.

Tongueland: Typical clean ST taste. Grassy wheat, dough-like, sweet fruit, sweet malts, touch of hop to balance, and dry yeast finish. A perfect summer session.Very dimensional.

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

A combination of citrusy hops and wheat-based malt greets you in the nose of this delightful summer ale. It's deep gold body is slightly hazy beneath an average-sized head of bright white froth that, unfortunately, slips easily away. It does maintain a thin surface covering, however, and leaves sheets of tiny spots and splashes of lace that cling throughout the glass. It's crisp and slick across the palate with a light-medium body and very fine-bubbled carbonation. The flavor delivers the hops that the nose promises, along with a solid backbone of bitterness that leads it to a dry and citrusy finish. Clean, crisp and refreshing... worth trying!

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow-orange pour with a one-finger white head that remains for most of the time it took to drink it. Wow, I wasn't expecting this much of a hop aroma. Very strong bitter piney hops with some strong orange scents in there as well. Extremely juicy hop flavor with a lot of pine and bitterness thrown in there as well. The hops really dominate the flavor, and it's kind of hard to tell this one is a wheat beer and not an IPA until the wheat kind of slides in on the finish and lingers in the aftertaste. I really, really like this one's strong hoppiness on the wheat backbone. Probably the best summer brew I've had this early in the young season. Well done.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was so glad to find this one at JP O'Malley's in Allentown on 04.26.05...

Presentation: A 12 ounce brown bottle with an appealing logo. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: This Bier offered me a white head trhat was rather firm, albeit thin. Yet this one stuck to the sides of the glass throughout. The clarity of this Bier was amazing, golden in colour.

Smell: The malty presence was somewhat muted, but make no mistake about it...the hops were certainly floral and in full effect.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Very good hop punch in the initial flavor. Good piney resin, really. In fact, the crispy hop characteristics went really well with the subtle barley backbone.

Drinkability & Notes: An amazing find. Without a doubt, one of the more drinkable summer brews I have had the honor to come across. I could stand a bit more int he way of wheatiness, but this is still one of the better summer brews I have had in some time.


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Photo of warriorsoul
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to shirfan for this second offering from Southern Tier.
I know it is the middle of winter and I have 36 inches of snow on my lawn, but I decided to play a trick on my brain and have a wheat beer.
Pours a nice golden copper w/ 1/2 a finger of bright white head.
Foam clings to the glass beautifully....nice hint of hops calling me to this beer.
Well...I'm not tasting the hops I was expecting, but we'll see what happens when it warms up a bit...nope, still quite mild.
Hint of lemons and oranges w/ a mild tea flavor. It is a real nice wheat beer w/ enough flavor to keep me wanting more.
The mouthfeel is enjoyable...perfectly carbonated for its style.
I feel this is one brew that is just what it says it is...and that's a good thing...no surprises.

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

An aggressively hopped wheat beer: well done and exceedingly drinkable, this is one of those beers that I’ve got to remember. Even though I’m having it during a 5 degree F December afternoon, this is the perfect backyard summer brew.
Pours a pale, light yellow color with an average, unremarkable head. The nose is serious citrus and hops, sweet orange and apricot. The taste is lightly malty, with a big wheat-beer taste, full of lemon and grain. It’s a light bodied beer, with a huge, satisfying taste. By the mid-taste, the hops start to kick in, ending with an aggressive hop finish. It’s bitter and delicious.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer is a hazed gold, topped with a thick white froth. Good head retention, keeping throughout the glass, leaving trails of sticky lace.
The aroma is amazingly hoppy. Intense citrus skin and pine resin floats atop a bed of smoothened, dextrinous wheat maltiness. Very clean with only a soft brush of floral esters, the hops easily steal the scene. A soft IPA, perhaps.
The first sip starts out silky and smooth, lemon and dextrinous wheat right up front. The citrus flavor builds, a floral buzz on the edge of pure american hop feedback. The finish is all hops, the malt really only providing a silky smooth mouthfeel to carry the bitterness. Loads of pine, orange and grapefruit, finishing with an almost audible snap. Extremely crisp and dry. This is what I would consider the perfect blend of IPA and wheat beer. The crisp smoothness you want for warm weather, but with actual character and backbone. A nice low ABV to boot, so putting a couple back in the early afternoon won't ruin your day. Who'da thunk one of the best beers I've had all year would be an american wheat?
My first beer from Southern Tier. The only other beer I'd place in this category would perhaps be I'm so glad I got a couple bottles of each of their varieties at Half Time. Three Floyds' Gumballhead. India Wheat Ale. This stuff is delicious, probably immensely so in the summer heat. I'll be sure to try again next year.

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

It's getting a little late in the year to be drinking a summer wheat, but I figure this bottle won't last until warm weather rolls around again. It's a bright sunny day, 'hop sunny' you might say, and if I use my imagination, I can pretend that summertime is still holding out, refusing to go gently into that good autumn (apologies to Dylan Thomas).

Yeast-filled bright gold with lemon sunshine highlights. The polished ivory crown is as stiff and as sticky as any in recent memory and leaves scattershot lace in polymorphous blobs on the upper reaches of the glass. Lovely nose, as bright and as sunny as they come. It smells like someone just grated a few dozen lemons and an orange or two.

I'm happy to report that the flavor follows the nose. Even though there's little in the way of malt flavor, it is a mite wheaty. The dominant flavor is a tangy, hoppy, lemon zestiness. The body is smack dab light, yet manages to avoid feeling overly thin or watery. I usually like at least a light-medium body, even on 'summer beer', but I just can't fault this one because the flavor doesn't care and the beer is so incredibly drinkable.

Hop Sun is my first Southern Tier beer and I'm impressed. It's tough to make a summer wheat stand out, but this beer is as radiant as Old Sol on a July afternoon. In fact, I'd love to have a few cases at the start of every summer. Thanks to HappyHourHero for the first of many bottles from New York State.

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Photo of RocketWidget
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of many beers given to me by my girlfriend on our three year anniversary. An excellent choice for the summer.

This beer pours a beautiful hazy gold, especially bright for a beer. Head retention could use some work, though still lacy. I didn’t smell much from this beer. Taste, however, was excellent. Amazingly refreshing, a very light beer. Citrus-like elements are dominant here, but very little confusion with the sweet malt and the light hop profiles. Pilsner-like, in the sense that this would go with nearly any meal. A great beer to try, a great conversion beer, and an excellent beer for any outdoor activities.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 1/4" white head, which laces acceptably. A sunny golden/amber brew, with a nose of some palts malts and a dominating hops scent. Taste seems almost two faced, with a pleasant pale malt flavor in one place, and hops going to town somewhere else. They work well together. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent. Wow, if this isn't a summer weekender, I'm ont sure what would be...

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