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

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,468 Ratings
Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer)Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 05-15-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,468
Reviews:
568
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.98%
 
 
Wants:
84
Gots:
196
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,468 |  Reviews: 568
Photo of thecheapies
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold in color with fervent carb pushing tons of bubbles to the surface to support a meager half-inch white head. It eventually petered-out to no head and hardly a rising bubble. 3.0

Faint nose with light grassy hops and very mellow lemony wheat malt. 3.0

Slightly tangy flavor with clean European hops that sneak through. Very light and pale malts with a pilsner-like finish. Still a little juicy in the end with a crisp starfruit vibe. A very humble ale that's far from busy or unbalanced. Very simple and nice. 4.0

Medium-high carbonation almost creates a rushing spiciness that is almost a flavor. Tingling. Light-bodied, in a good way. 4.0

Absolutely refreshing. A jewel among beers of the style. Best kept simple and served cold. 4.0

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Photo of mfavoino
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Red Hot in Tacoma on 5/11/12.

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow-gold. Minimal head that left a bit of lacing along the glass.

Smell: Citrus hops, lemon zest, and distinct wheat character.

Taste: Follows the nose nicely with lots of citrus flavors and a smooth what backbone. Finishes nicely with a mild citrus hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very light, low carbonation, and easy to drink.

Overall: Simple, well-done all day summer BBQ beer.

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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%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a cloudy pale golden body.

S: mostly wheat and pale malts with lemon, pine and bready notes.

T: This one was hoppier than expected with a slight bitter finish. Backbone of pale malts and breads.

M: light body and high carbonation.

Overall: the slight bitter finish hurts the drinkablity for beers of this genre. Well balanced flavor however overall.

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Photo of GoodOmens1986
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ThomasMetal75
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Light yellow with an effervescent body. Looked somewhat like champagne. Had one finger head. Head receded a little, but stuck around till the end.

S- WOW! Floral hops were present, but were not overpowering at all. The beer is dry-hopped, and the nose could tell that right away. Also had an earthy (maybe musty) malt/wheat aroma was well.

T- A light foral taste is first. Next you get a malty, biscuty taste. The wheat flavor is a very refreshing quality in the beer. It lightens the hop bitterness just right. There is bitterness detected when you swallow the beer. It's a very light bitterness from the hops. In a way the hop bitterness coats the back of the throat in almost a velvety way. EXCELLENT SUMMER FLAVORS!

M- Soft and mild feel. It's extremely refreshing. It's not overly carbonated like a light lager; it's just right.

I don't think I'd had a summer beer that tasty since I've been drinking beer! I like how it was a light beer, but still was very flavorful. Even if you're not a hop fan, this beer will be good! The hops are present in the taste, but the bitterness is so mild. The mouthfeel with the taste of the wheat and malt plays so well overall in the beer. A+ for Southern Tier. Can we get this year-round please?!?!?

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of psuKinger
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 3/26/2012 (a little over 1 month old), poured into a standard nonic.

A: Pours a light golden color, incredibly translucent, with a bone white head on top. You can see through this beer and make out specific details on things on the other side of the glass.

S: Pine, citrus, and lemon zest, with maybe a touch of biscuits underneath.

T: Taste follows the nose. The pine grabs me at first, with citrus and lemon zest underneath and shouting from the background. Biscuit and bready flavors, likely from the wheat in the grain bill, arrive about half way through the flavor profile but never come to the forefront.

This is a hop-forward wheat beer, and an example of a time I wish I could score a 4.25 instead of a 4.0 or a 4.5.

M: Light and lively, great carbonation, and a good dry finish, with plenty of hop residue left behind on the tongue.

D/O: Very enjoyable. Light, refreshing, and well balanced. Next summer, I want a keg of this instead of Oberon.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

I had this as part of the tap takeover at Cloverleaf tonight. They made a great showing with a significant amount of options. When you look at the tap handles, it is very telling how many great beers that ST has put out.

I had this beer after the Oak Aged Pumking. That beer had a pretty high ABV, and I couldn't handle the high ABV's for two beers in a row.

That being said, this is a very good summer beer on it's own. This is a very light, wheat beer. The coloring is a pale yellow with minimal inclusions. The head and carbonation are very light.

I like the smell and taste of this beer. It is refreshing and simple. I think this would make for a great one to drink on a warm summer evening.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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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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