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
American Pale Ale
Ranked #1,153
Ranked #27,655
3.53 | pDev: 13.88%
Jan 04, 2023
Oct 29, 2004
Phin & Matt's Extraordinary AlePhin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale
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Reviewed by CBlack85 from South Carolina

3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
on tap at 4001 Yancey an imperial pint glass

the beer pours a crystal clear golden orange color with about two fingers worth of foamy white head that slowly recedes leaving behind a fair amount of lacing.

The aroma is fairly light and consists mainly of lemony citrus hops and bready, biscuity malts. Pleasant and inviting but fairly muted.

Similar to the aroma, the taste is well balanced between the bready/grainy malt and citrusy hops, but fairly mild and understated. Medium/light bodied and very drinkable

Overall I still think this is a good beer, a little light but good none the less. I also think it suffers from being a recipe from another era, with modern examples of the style trending more and more into IPA territory.
Jan 04, 2023
Rated: 3.57 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Aug 25, 2021
Rated: 3.76 by MJSFS from Florida

Mar 18, 2021
Rated: 3.58 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Mar 12, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Dec 23, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by heysuz from Indiana

Dec 23, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by JohnDon from Texas

Oct 11, 2018
Rated: 3.48 by mltobin from Connecticut

Mar 16, 2018
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
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.
Mar 03, 2018
Rated: 3.37 by GeorgiaBeerMoose from Georgia

Feb 13, 2018
Rated: 3.3 by Matt3719 from New York

Jan 26, 2018
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Reviewed by Handsome_Steve from North Carolina

4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
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.
Oct 11, 2017
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Reviewed by Ob512316 from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
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.
Oct 06, 2017
Rated: 3.91 by burnstar from Pennsylvania

Sep 27, 2017
Rated: 3.89 by Barleycorn from Pennsylvania

Aug 13, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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.
Jun 27, 2017
Rated: 3.29 by CHigby2K6 from New York

Jun 01, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by Kurzman from Rhode Island

Apr 18, 2017
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Rated by dfconnor from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pleasant flavor, but it finished very flat and watery.
Mar 29, 2017
Rated: 3.77 by brother_rebus from Maine

Mar 12, 2017
Rated: 3.27 by ygtbsm94 from Utah

Feb 10, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by msondel from Massachusetts

Dec 23, 2016
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.89/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Nov 17, 2016
Rated: 4 by shortkut from New York

Oct 04, 2016
Rated: 2.5 by TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

Aug 13, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Stephan16 from Connecticut

Aug 04, 2016
Rated: 3 by wpreynolds from New Jersey

Jul 20, 2016
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Reviewed by YoungMtn52 from New York

3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
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
Jun 12, 2016
Rated: 2.92 by edthehead from Maryland

Jun 12, 2016
Rated: 3.34 by CBrodbeck from Florida

Jun 03, 2016
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Reviewed by Rock_Glenn from New York

3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
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.
May 29, 2016
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Rated by Walsh62783 from Georgia

3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
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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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.04/5  rDev -13.9%
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.
May 11, 2016
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Reviewed by maddogruss from New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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
May 01, 2016
Rated: 2.93 by AD17 from New Jersey

Apr 26, 2016
Rated: 3 by ScottyTheBeerGuy from New York

Apr 03, 2016
Rated: 4.12 by Darkastlemaster from New York

Mar 27, 2016
Rated: 3.1 by osickeym from Ohio

Mar 13, 2016
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
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.
Feb 27, 2016
Rated: 1.91 by AJmon13 from Ohio

Feb 11, 2016
Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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