Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Phin & Matt's Extraordinary AlePhin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,228
Ranked #27,416
3.53 | pDev: 13.88%
Aug 25, 2021
Oct 29, 2004
Phin & Matt's Extraordinary AlePhin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale
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3.57 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Aug 25, 2021
3.76 by MJSFS from Florida on Mar 18, 2021
3.58 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Mar 12, 2020
3.5 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Dec 23, 2018
3.5 by heysuz from Indiana on Dec 23, 2018
3.75 by JohnDon from Texas on Oct 11, 2018
3.48 by mltobin from Connecticut on Mar 16, 2018
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3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by EMV from Pennsylvania

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip. Probably past its 'best by'.

L: Nearly clear golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head... nice rim of lacing.

S: Lemony citrus and light grains. Nose somewhat muted.

T/F: Crackery grains... light bodied with zesty carbonation. The hop profile tends towards the citrus. Lemon and orange peel. Mild pine. Smooth and clean. Modest bitterness.

O: A solid pale ale. Nothing earth-shattering but a well made beer. A good 'intro' pale ale for someone new to the style/craft beer.

Mar 03, 2018
3.37 by GeorgiaBeerMoose from Georgia on Feb 13, 2018
3.3 by Matt3719 from New York on Jan 26, 2018
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4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Handsome_Steve from North Carolina

One of my personal favorites. Very smooth and tasty with coppery color. Needs to be poured into a chilled mug.
Doesn't have that much of a sharp bite like some IPAs.

Oct 11, 2017
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3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Ob512316 from Pennsylvania

12oz bottle poured into glass.
Look: Copper with thick head that dissipates into thin white head.
Smell: buisciits, toffee, caramel, hint of floral notes.
Taste: floral notes and citrus at first, then caramel, toffee.
Feel: easy to drink, for an IPA drinker. Might be challenging for a non IPA drinker.
Overall: good not great. I would buy again.

Oct 06, 2017
3.91 by burnstar from Pennsylvania on Sep 27, 2017
3.89 by Barleycorn from Pennsylvania on Aug 13, 2017
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Poured into a nonic pint glass, the appearance was a soft copper color with a slight transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a good pace. Just a cap of a little white foamy swiftly dies off. Stringy lace. The aroma had some soupy sweet fruity hops, slightly bitter, but having a balancing malt bill. The flavor was moderately sweet through the blend. Caramel malts sturdy themselves a bit further down the lane to follow through on the aftertaste and ride into the finish. The palate was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine. Overall, pretty good APA, a bit old school, but I’d have again.

Jun 27, 2017
3.29 by CHigby2K6 from New York on Jun 01, 2017
3.75 by Kurzman from Rhode Island on Apr 18, 2017
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3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by dfconnor from Pennsylvania

Pleasant flavor, but it finished very flat and watery.

Mar 29, 2017
3.77 by brother_rebus from Maine on Mar 12, 2017
3.27 by ygtbsm94 from Utah on Feb 10, 2017
3.5 by msondel from Massachusetts on Dec 23, 2016
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2.89/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

Brief initial impressions from a sixer purchased in Brooklyn:

Pours a clear gold of average vibrance with a fluffy-off-white cap.

Hop profile is floral, a bit bubblegummy, and slightly oily & resinous. Pale malts keep it balanced. No notes are particularly vivid or expressive. As a whole, it's balanced but the build is uninteresting. Hop selection isn't stellar, nor is hop pungency/depth of flavour.

Drinkable somewhat refreshing fare, but forgettable. There's nothing here that separates it from the pack, and that's a problem in a style as saturated in the U.S. market as the American pale ale. I'll enjoy polishing off the 6 pack I bought, but this is unimpressive work from Southern Tier.


Nov 17, 2016
4 by shortkut from New York on Oct 04, 2016
2.5 by TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON) on Aug 13, 2016
3.75 by Stephan16 from Connecticut on Aug 04, 2016
3 by wpreynolds from New Jersey on Jul 20, 2016
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3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by YoungMtn52 from New York

Has a nice bold pour with a decent head...has a crisp piney taste that starts off like an IPA without the bite....nice flavor but not sure I would not call it 'Extraordinary'...however, I would buy this again...a good brew

Jun 12, 2016
2.92 by edthehead from New York on Jun 12, 2016
3.34 by CBrodbeck from Florida on Jun 03, 2016
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3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Rock_Glenn from New York

My goodness, whatever you do, decant into a glass per the label. Drinking this straight from the bottle it tastes like your favorite IPA mixed with Coors Light. Pour it into a frosted glass and it blooms into a very enjoyable light bodied Pale Ale. The term extraordinary might be a bit over the top, but the Jekyll and Hyde trick is pretty cool.

May 29, 2016
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3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Walsh62783 from Georgia

Good beer for summer day drinking. Not a bad after taste and continues to go down with little effort.

May 15, 2016
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3.04/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

So I guess this is ST's attempt at making a BMC ale? Ok. Pours yellow, leans orange, lots of clarity like you would see from BMC. Aroma was mute.

Taste, wow, this is really plain, grain jane. This is like the opposite of extraordinary, its mundane. Almost a light beer. But with slightly more malt, alcohol etc. . . ale yeast. Would not bang again.

May 11, 2016
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3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by maddogruss from New Jersey

A: pours straw yellow body with small white head with some retention and lacing
S: earthy, citrusy smelling beer with some honey, malty notes
T: earthy, rindy taste with some earthy, slight toffee aftertaste
M: medium bodied and fairly smooth
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combo; decent overall

May 01, 2016
2.93 by AD17 from New Jersey on Apr 26, 2016
3 by ScottyTheBeerGuy from New York on Apr 03, 2016
4.12 by Darkastlemaster from New York on Mar 27, 2016
3.1 by osickeym from Ohio on Mar 13, 2016
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3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by CHickman from New York

Pours very hazy gold color with a 2 finger white frothy head that was full of tiny bubbles and dissipated very slowly, leaving excellent spotty foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of wheat or dry malt, lemon zest, light grapefruit, yeast, bread crust, caramel, biscuit, faint pepper and citrus notes. Very basic with an even split of malts and hops in the nose.

Tastes similar to the nose in that it's pretty basic with an almost even split of malts and hops, in this case it seems like the hops eke out the malt with some orange peel and clementine sweetness from the 3 hops used. Flavor also includes graham cracker, hints of coriander and fresh cut grass to go along with the dry or toasted malts, lemon zest, grapefruit, yeast, bread crust, caramel, biscuit, peppery spices and citrus notes.

Balance is nice with a slight bitterness, a light and crisp body which slides down easy. A well balanced APA that is not the most dynamic or flavorful, but it is very well constructed and quite session-able.

Feb 27, 2016
1.91 by AJmon13 from Ohio on Feb 11, 2016
3.67 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Jan 08, 2016
Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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