Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Phin & Matt's Extraordinary AlePhin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,648
Ranked #43,772
3.55 | pDev: 13.8%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Phin & Matt's Extraordinary AlePhin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale
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Photo of EMV
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Handsome_Steve
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Ob512316
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.89/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.


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Photo of YoungMtn52
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of CHickman
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: [4.00] Golden to a slightly copper tone. The beer forms a nice 1 finger white head. the head is mostly dense bubbles with chunkier bubbles mixed in. The head clings to the glass forming nice lacing. The bottle lists the ABV (5.7%). I can't find any date information on the bottle.

S: [3.00] Mild scents. Some mild toffee and caramel. There are no pronounced aromas.

T: [3.25] The beer has a surprising bitter start. It leads into a soapy/cilantro type flavor. The bitterness gives way to a mildly sweet finish.

M: [3.50] It is pretty "tight" and dry feeling. Like a dry wine.

O: [3.25] This is a decent ale. I was surprised at the lack of a nose on the beer. The flavor is another surprise. It leads with some bitter and is dry throughout. Overall I feel like there are better beers but I think this beer would be an excellent pairing with sharp cheddar.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.16/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a golden, orangish yellow color. ead is big, but fizzy, and fades quickly to nearly nothing

Smell: Citrus hops, orange, lemon peel, not very malty.

Taste: Bitter lemon peel and hops. A bit malty at the finish.

Feel: Highly carbonated, with a light bodied feel.

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Photo of hophead123
5/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my new favorite APA's. If you've had a ROW by southern tier it's similar. Not to hoppy and it goes down very easy. Will be buying this again. New fan

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Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

On tap in their tasting room, would rate a solid 3.5/5.

I was able to have this as a nitro handle at Town Hall in Cleveland and it became a completely different animal of smoothness. I wish I could go back and have a full tasting note to share.

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Photo of JG-90
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale pours a clear and lively, orange corn color. Has a medium sized, dense and creamy head with good retention and moderate lacing. Smells of sweet crackers, light malt, and grassy and floral hops.

Taste starts with sweet stale crackers, then floral hops, moving on to floury bread with a sweet, bready, grassy hop finish. Feel is medium-light, very creamy for how light it is with a touch of breadiness. Higher than average carbonation is what you would expect/want for this style.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a BEAUTIFUL clear amber color. The head is around a finger high, shaded slightly off-white. Retention is pretty good, and the texture allows it to leave behind a consistent (but short) ring of lacing behind. Seriously, this looks amazing in a glass.

S: Considering how much I've gotten used to high-falutin' new world hops, it's a bit refreshing to come back to something more...erm...'traditionally' hopped. A decent amount of floral Cascade notes come through, and even some light grapefruit qualities. There is some malt - slightly bready, slightly caramel-laden - to help break up the monotony, but never overpowers. Smells pretty solid, if a little mild.

T: This is definitely your typical Cascade-hopped pale ale, so the usual notes are here (flowers, grapefruit, and lime). What helps to separate it, however, is how the malt notes are soft and balancing without being oppressive. Maybe it's a bit on the weak side, but I don't care. This one is a keeper.

M: So, so crisp, even over other pale ales. It isn't the lightest, but it's so dry that I don't care. Bottle conditioning is doing its job here. Also fairly well carbonated. A twinge of sweetness lingers on the palate to let one know they're killing this too fast *cough*. Well ST, maybe you shouldn't make such a tasty pale ale, then I wouldn't drink it so fast. :P

O: There are times where a simple pale ale can bring just as much satisfaction as a hextuple barrel-aged barleywine brewed with Belgian dark chocolate, platinum shavings, and a portion of Shroud0fdoom's weed stash. This is one of those times. No, it isn't complex enough to earn something like a 4, but it's certainly good enough to keep around on regular drinker duty.

3.55/5: Drinkable with a capital D

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Photo of NathanBunn20
4.44/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow this surprised me. A - rich golden color. S - hoppy, I'm still undecided about IPA's so I'm hesitant. T - smooth malt flavor with hints of hop notes. Bites at the end but pleasurable. M - Thick but goes down fast. O - 3 hops instead of 2 with the farmers tan, yet a touch more subtle. Makes up for it with a dry end, it surprised me how good it tasted.

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Photo of Sky
4.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my new favorite IPA's. If you've had a farmers tan by southern tier it's similar. Not to hoppy of an IPA and it goes down very easy. I'm just getting into IPA's and this is a good one. Smooth taste and mouthfeel. Will be buying this again. New fan

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Photo of emyers
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange color with a one inch fluffy white head.

Smell: Biscuity malt, some caramel, a bit of orange peel. A touch of floral hops.

Taste: Similar to smell - biscuit malt, some floral and piney hops, a bit of fruity yeast flavor. Not all that interesting to be brutally honest.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Pretty smooth.

Overall: Not bad, but doesn't do much to separate itself from the pack.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with short lived, fluffy white head. Aroma is of citrusy, piney hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal, piney hops dominate the flavor while pale malt provide some balance. Finish is long and dry. Ordinary Ale.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very light but shimmering golden coloring it had a soapy head of white foam.

The nose had a nice tea leaf, brewed tea, barley malt, lemon hop and a small bit of cannabis.

The tea leaf malt flavor seems most prevalent but it balances well with a lemony, floral hop. A grainy barley is noticeable and it couples with a roasted nut. I even detected some hinge root.

The feel is full enough to be satisfying, but smooth and light enough to be sessionable.

Calling it an Extraordinary Ale may be an overstatement but it is very well balanced and just plain good.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very good beer. The appearance is a nice hazy yellow with a nice cream colored head. The smell was full of hops and malt. The taste was great with hints of citrus taking a back seat to the malt and just a very satisfying brew. It isn't a weird or terribly complex beer but it is well balanced and incredibly satisfying. All in all, a very nice beer that I would recommend to someone looking to get into craft beer as an intro into how much better beer can be than the standards.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: 16-oz. glass
From: Eddy’s Beverage Inc. in Saratoga, N.Y.
Price: $15.99 for a variety 12-pack
Purchased: Jan. 15, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 19, 2014
Misc.: DOB on Aug. 30, 2013

Poured a honey golden orange semi-hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy white head. Above average-to-good lacing on the sides. Above average retention on the top.

Smelled wet Cascade hops, pine, soap, floral hops, citrus hops and light rye.

Tasted bitter rye hops, resin hops, floral hops, honey, amber notes and some unknown spices.

Light-to-medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt finish.

A decent beer overall, but not great.

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Photo of dhannes
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A gift from my brother...poured chilled into a Perfect Pint.

A=Slightly murky golden color, with a hint of orange/amber. I can't quite place it, but it doesn't look like your typical beer. Frothy white head of about an inch that lasted over a minute.

S=Hint of grass and grapefruit, but so subtle that is not off putting.

T=Moderate hop taste, which I am finding rather pleasing...a tad sour, but hearty and robust...sufficient malt backbone as well. Slightly citrusy, slightly creamy.

M=Moderate body...a touch on the lighter side, which could make this a decent session beer.

O=A very nice beer that I could see buying brother like this as well, so I will likely buy this again.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Mildly hazed and golden in color. Thin white head dissipated quickly. Spotty lacing.

S: Hops greet the nose first with a multi dimensional aroma of flowers, freshly cut grass, and orange peel. Grainy and doughy malt scents underneath. Straightforward, but good.

T: Hops control this beer. Oily, floral, spicy, minty, citrus. Oily orange peel. Moderately strong bitterness. Grainy and doughy malt base is stifled by the hops. Finishes with a long lingering oily hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy. Sharp, aggressive carbonation adds a big crisp bite.

O: Not the most focused effort. The hops really run away with the show here. Still, you can get away with that these days. People are happy with one-dimensional, hoppy beers. And it stays drinkable enough to forgive this.

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Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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