Southern Tier Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,779
Ranked #5,099
4.04 | pDev: 8.42%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Notes: STBC's Single Malt And Single Hop Double IPA features one variety of hop: big, juicy Mosaic Hops and one type of malt: Special Pale Malt. It's amazing how complex the flavor of just one type of hop and one type of malt can be...
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Reviews: 120 | Ratings: 452
Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of roast malt, toffee and piney hops. Very malty tasting with toffee and a subtle piney hop bite.

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Photo of MoMaMe
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

Pours a clear, light honey with heavy foam that dissapates relatively quickly and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: notes of citrus, apricot, papaya, guava, and pine
Taste: juicy, citrus, apricot, slightly tropical, with a nice long, bitter, piney finish that lingers on the palate... almost earthy in nature, which balances the fruits nicely. Malt is not very noticeable at all, and gives ever just the right amount of sweetness to balance. Also, while heavier on the alcohol, it’s not that noticeable in the beer, which is surprising.
Feel: good carbonation, but not overwhelming, fairly smooth, juicy, and very drinkable.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. The mosaic hops are very noticeable, but have a complexity all their own and give a nice character to this beer. Definitely worth a try. I will probably pick up another pack again as I did enjoy this one.

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Photo of trekbiker3000
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very drinkable double ipa. Smooth texture with medium carbonation. At 8.2% abv you would expect some alcohol burn, but I don’t get any of it. The bitterness is there but not overpowering. Southern Tier makes great beers.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: not especially aromatic; orange and pineapple;

T: herbal for a moment, then earthy to the middle; a little floral and orange toward the end; finish and aftertaste have some pineapple; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: good, but not memorable;

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Photo of secondtooth
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clean copper, with a nice khaki head and limited lace.

Aroma: Citrus and floral hops.

Taste: Thick and rich, with tons of fruity hops, tropical and citrus. Slight alcohol bite/warmth. A bold and delicious double IPA.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of my favorite brewers and when there's a variety pack, I can't help myself from trying what they gots...

A rustic colored brew, it pours little foam and dissipates very quickly. The smell of this was very citrusy - oranges, tangerines, grapefruit notes were strong to my nose and blended well with the hoppy backgound. It was a bit carbonated but it did tamp down as it warmed, medium-bodied and it was easy going down. The taste is what you would expect from an imperial IPA - full frontal assault of hops and for this one the 8.1% ABV was well hidden underneath, not a huge fan of this instance but still good, still solid. I found this to be another good offering and I intend to age one of the two I have remaining to see how it does after sitting a while.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Light amber, small carb, small head, small lace
S: Fruity, mostly orange.
F: Slightly bitter, watery wash, no foam. Smooth drinker.
T: Raisin, grapefruit with orange, malt is bigger in the back than others I've had recently. Peppery at the end.
O: Because I've had the two best DIPAs I've rated very recent, this one may suffer a bit from being great, not really great. This one will make anyone happy.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have been meaning to try more Southern Tier beers so it made sense to try their mixed fifteen pack. Ths has nice balance from the outset. Although full of flavor, this keepsthe bitterness and alcohol to the background. I have to kind of dissent from the label: the simplicity and easy drinkability is the essence here, not some escoteric complexity. This is an excellent, quaffable DIPA that tastes and goes down like a single IPA. More please.

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Photo of Ronl12
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Semi cloudy golden yellow look. Light tropical nose mostly orange. Taste follows with nice little grapefruite bite at end. Easy to drink, Overall very nice DIPA, would drink again.

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Photo of Rubezahl
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm a bit biased toward Mosaic hops and 2XSMASH did not disappoint. A great example of a DIPA; a think the balance of the hops and single malt is well done.

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Photo of haines710
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love mosaic hops and DIPAs but this beer didn’t really do it for me. After reading closer i are single malt and this beer is a little too malty and boozy for my taste. Poured a cloudy amber from a 12 oz can. Malt smell is predominant. First taste was pretty good but did not improve. Alcohol became more pronounced as it warmed. I can feel the warmth. A little disappointing.

Had another out of the can and enjoyed it a little more. Updated my rating. Like the smell and feel a little more and my overall score is higher.

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Photo of opierce
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Piney and peppery, with an undercurrent of citrus. This one of the more easy drinking Imperials I've had. My only critique is possible too much alcohol in the after taste.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper body with a fizzy white head. The nose is an equal balance between pine resin and caramel malt, with an underlying strength of the alcohol within. The flavor is also an equal mix between the two, but the potency of it and clashing nature of the flavors make it taste somewhat chemically. Despite that, I have to give credit to the good balance between these strong flavors; put together, they suggest other, more exotic and unexpected avenues, such as red berries. There is moderate bitterness and a sneaky sweetness that offsets the protagonist. It has a full feeling to it, verging on syrupy, but with effervescence to save the day.
A heavy-hitting straightforward brew. Lots of pine, lots of malt, lots of booze, lots of fun.

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Photo of Act25
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Discovered single hop / single malt giant - King Gambrinus (6.66% ABV) from Shelter Island NY Craft last night, now this 2x Smash (8.1%) from other side of Empire State - Southern Tier. Wonderful wood-shop stuff.
a) Dark amber, clear, shellac like pour with long-lasting 2 finger head and awash in lace.
s) Too faint compared to the ample flavor. Sawdust, honey, cedar, pine, fresh sawn wood with its sap.
t) More heartwood, very woody, tree nut, juniper flavor profile, tempered by honey, molasses, and a bittering, clean up of pine bitters. Aromatic.
f) Nice tongue feel due to the oily stickage.
o) The perfume of wood from root to earth to heart, sap, bark, flowers, decay, and derivatives. In a lovely DIPA. Try 24.

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Photo of Profundobaso
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - poured from a 12 oz can. Amber golden in color. Solid two finger head with moderate lacing.
Smell - strong hoppy scent of citrus and pine. additional tropical flavors as well, along the lines of passion fruit, pineapple, and mangoes.
Taste - a very hop forward beer, as suggested by the smell. Quite complex, with hoppiness dominating and a trace of malt flavor in the end. the beer doesn't finish with the slight sweetness/creaminess as I've tasted with similar styles: the bitterness sort of just goes away eventually, and there's not much flavor that lingers behind.
Feel - medium-bodied, with average carbonation. On the higher end for ABV at 8.1%, and alcohol is masked pretty well (at least while the beer is cold).
Overall - despite being single malt and single hop, this is a fairly complex DIPA that is packed with flavor. In fact, non-hopheads might also find this beer enjoyable given its high ABV and drinkability. However, the finish is slightly unsatisfying for me, which is why I lowered my marks slightly. A very good beer nonetheless!

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Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours a lovely burnished copper with a mostly translucent clarity and a frothy, quarter inch, cream-colored head the clusters around the shoulders as it dissipates. Subtle nose - some citrus and piney notes as well as a hint of toasted malts. Taste consistent with nose; albeit more assertive then suggested by the nose. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a light oiliness to the texture and a mild, consistent carbonation that leaves the merest prickle on the tongue between quaffs. Overall, a classic example of the style; however, I don't get a Mosaic hops presence.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2xSmash - Southern Tier
DIPA - 8.1% abv

L - massive, billowing head atop a translucent orange body.

S - pine, citrus, booze. Traditional ipa smell.

T - piney start. Some citrus mixed in but mostly pine. Caramel malt. Very sweet and moderately boozy. Moderate bitterness.

F - medium body and feel.

O - Very traditional. Not really tasting the mosaic influence here. Perhaps its old, but there’s no date on the can.

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Photo of WoodButcher
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can. Appearance is light orange/amber, slightly cloudy. Moderate head with coarse and fine bubbles, prolonged lacing with light head retention well into drinking.

Smell is limited, bready, mild hops, and alcohol.

Taste is more pronounced but similar to smell. Bready malt biscuit, strong presence of alcohol, perhaps more than would be expected at 8% ABV. Not as much hop presence as expected. Alcohol and bitterness on the tongue remains.

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Photo of JimKal
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up as part of a Southern tier mixed 15 pack. It didn't appeal to me in so many ways. At 8.1 % ABV it is stronger than the beers I tend to like. More of a malty boozy taste than I like. Darkish yellow, nice head, nice lacing. Taste is such an individual thing. Others seem to like it but I won't be repeating this one.

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Photo of Pencible
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a hazy gold with a little off white head.
S: It smelled like fresh grapefruit with some papaya and apricot.
T: It tasted like pithy grapefruit and bitter lemon zest, with some sweet papaya and apricot. It had a clean bitter aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a nice imperial IPA with nicely balanced tropical and citrus scent and taste. Amazing they got all that out of only one type of hops. The body was decent and the finish was a bit hot, so it was better to sip. Not quite top tier but very enjoyable.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was a nice one. Lots of zesty citrus to compliment the hop punch with rich yeast flavor. A double but not overly alcoholy. The head shot up nicely but all but disappeared rapidly. Feel improved the longer I took between drinks which was a nice surprise. Medium-bodied.

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: All of these Southern Tier hop forward beers seem to pour in the same way - a huge, sticky head covering a slightly hazy liquid, in this case, pure amber colored; great retention and lacing

Smell: Candied tropical fruit tones, with passion fruit, orange pith and pineapple; crusty bread in the malt bill

Taste: Crusty Irish soda bread brings a sweet tone to underpin the hops, with the pineapple being joined by passion fruit and orange pith, in the middle; hints of balsa and sweet onion merge in the slightly boozy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Not bad, but a bit too boozy and sweet for my palate, with some harsh flavors in the finish

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Photo of VABA
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice clear amber color with a generous head and nice lacing. Nice citrus and hops hints. The taste follows the nose with hops with citrus hints. A light bodied smooth DIPA with a decent flavor and a good amount of carbonation. Well done and nicely balanced DIPA.

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Photo of EMV
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear golden copper pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head leave a great rim of lacing.

S: Citrus and pine mingled with grainy malts.

T/F: Lightly toasted malt backbone... moderate hop bitterness... citrus and passionfruit... light resin and pine. A bit floral. Medium in body... well carbonated. Finish is bittersweet and more malt than hops.

O: A solid malt forward DIPA... well balanced with good flavor. Has an old-school feel to it, which can be nice with all of the juice bombs coming out nowadays. Easy drinking and dangerous with the ABV.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can, and yes, that can came courtesy of the mighty woodychandler. Has a beige/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of light pine, some malts. Taste is pine, some resin, malts are present, considerable bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is decent, but I was expecting more.

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2XSMASH from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 452 ratings