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

very good
1,468 Ratings
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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Added by Todd on 05-15-2004

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of HomeBrewGreg
2.37/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Goldenrod. Filtered. The flat gold color gives it a near-clear. One finger or less of off-white foam. Short retention. Basically no lacing.

Aroma - I thought the smell was pretty decent. You get a decent dose of hops to the nose, but not very complex. Only a single strain of hops. There is faint germinated wheat, which is expected and pleasant out of this type of beer. However, there is also too much of an acrid odor.

Taste - Not great. This beer retains all of the phenolic taste of a wheat beer, but is not balanced by sweetness. I like the idea of a hoppy wheat, but this didnt do the job. There was phenols and bitters, with no real pale ale or wheat beer flavor :(

Mouthfeel - Again, the phenols took over, making me feel like I had cotton balls in my mouth. The carbonation was too frisky, as well.

Overall - It wasn't terrible, but I would only drink this beer if there was nothing better in my fridge.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of viverlee
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

STYLE: American Pale Wheat Ale

ABV: 5.1%

LOOK: Pale sunflower, very light. A creamy head to cut the nose and mouth would have been nice.

NOSE: Made with a single hop variety, you have to ask how closely it is related to varietas chronic. Sniff, sniff, pass.

MOUTH: Tall grass, lemon rind, floral. Refreshing. A testament to the cynical that not every beer has to be complex — that straightforward and solid can be worthy attributes too.

BA Rating: 88

Hayward Abbey Rating: 85

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of pburland23
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Hoegaarden half pint glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a crystal clear pale yellow with about a finger and a half if dense, bright white head. Decent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Mild citrus hops with strong lemon notes and wheat. Very clean and refreshing smelling beer. Nice for the summer.

Taste: Very lemony with more citrus hops notes. Nice amount of wheat and malt. Very balanced tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and refreshing. Could drink a bunch of these on a warm day.

Overall: A very tasty summer seasonal. Crisp, clean and very refreshing. I'm not always a Southern Tier fan but I'm enjoying Hop Sun very much.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Three Floyds tulip. The beer has a super-clear, bright gold color, but there's not much carbonation here. The head is very thin and there's not much in the way of lacing. The nose has some nice pine and citrus notes (lemon zest).

The beer is light/medium bodied with a firm mouthfeel. Once you get past the crisp, grainy wheat flavor on the front of the palate, the first thing you notice is hops. There is a nice, generous addition of hops in this beer, which means it has both the drinkability of a wheat beer and the dryness of a pale ale. The wheat and lemon-like flavors of the hops really meld together really nicely. This is no IPA, the hops don't assault your palate, but there is enough hoppy bite to really liven things up here. The finish is dry and very satisfying.

This is one of the best wheat beers I've had and the next time I get my hands on some FFF Gumballhead, I will give it a shot at the title. It drinks as if the brewers decided to make a perfectly balanced wheat beer, then at the last minute tossed in some extra hops. If I had to criticize it, I would say I wish it was a bit more carbonated and had just a bit more sparkle. Next, I might try a blend of hops instead of just one. Other than that, I wouldn't change much. It is always nice when brewers make dull styles interesting. ST did it here. Very, very well done.

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,468 ratings.
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