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 #2,655
Ranked #43,968
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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Reviews by BucannonXC5:
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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 BeerBelcher
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another quality beer from Southern Tier. This one I don't believe is quite as light refreshing as the Harvest Ale, but is still quite good.

Appearance is sort of a sparkling caramel color with great head formation which fades to a scummy protective coating. Aroma is light and refreshing and hoppy, with a touch of penetrating sharpness like you met get off fresh sweat or from bug repellant. This is a cutting yet fresh aroma. Flavor is light and hoppy and quite nice. Mouthfeel is very much on the light side, but is far from watery or boring.

Quite a nice beer. Recommended.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Florida9
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange-yellow in color. Pours with a minimal surface coating of white head. Visibly active carbonation

S: Orange. Fruity. A little yeast. Ever so slightly sour, but not necessarily in a bad way.

T: Thin and watery. A bit of light cereal flavored malt that quickly gives way to a mild bitterness. Light yeast fruitiness.

M: Light with active carbonation.

D: I was surprised to see this one listed an APA - I would have never guessed it to be a pale ale. Light, vibrant, easily sessionable, but otherwise rather uninteresting. I suppose this one could be an everyday drinker, but I personally don't think I'll drink it ever again.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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

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

After wandering around Downtown Wine and Spirits in a state of indecisiveness for several minutes I decided to pick up a mixed six-pack from Southern Tier. I let this warm a bit and served it in my NERAX pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy golden-copper with a thick, sudsy off-white head that fades to a frothy film leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Light malts with some citrusy hop aromas. Not bad, but pretty average for the style.

Taste: Lightly sweet and toasty malts upfront. The center has notes of fruity citrus, which moves into a light hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, moderate carbonation, watery.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, it's light and probably pretty nice in warmer weather.

Overall: This is a so-so APA. There's nothing bad about it, but the flavors are just too subdued.

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Photo of drseamus
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Somewhere between darker straw and lighter amber. Think white head.

S: Nice light hop aroma. Nothing powerful, just a light citrus with some light malt behind.

T: Light hop bite rides on the front of a sweet malt wave. Not a bad taste, especially for a hot day, just kind of pedestrian.

M: Pretty light bodied.

D: Good hot day drinker. For that purpose, it gets a higher drinkability.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: somewhat light golden-orange hue with a touch of haze. Head is one finger of fluffy ivory foam. Not too bad.

Smell: a pleasing blend of citrus, floral and funky hops on top of a simple but solid malt base. I rather like it.

Taste: smooth, slightly biscuity malt flavor with a bite of citrus hops. The hops are a little less prevalent in the flavor than in the nose, but they are still quite nice. The overall effect is balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation. There's enough fizz to keep me interested.

Drinkability: this is actually quite a nice, refreshing, drinkable pale ale. Kudos.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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5/5  rDev +40.8%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of mentor
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle provided by shippos...thanks much! Pours a one-finger nearly white head over a cloudy tangerine colored liquid. Smells mildly hoppy of oranges and tangerines. Has a malt sweet below this, but I can't place the style. Taste is gently sweet with late rising hop flavor in the form of oranges, a citrusy pine, and woody character. Apricot esters rise in the middle and play with the hop flavor. Hop bitter is low and there is a biscuit malt character. Md body and mildly carbonated. Nice easy drinking APA. Well done to get the hop flavor without an overbearing hop bitter.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of mempath
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice pancake batter head lacing and foaming atop a deep straw sea of clarity. looks great so far.

smell is essentially what i expect from an APA, but this seems more florally sweet in a nice way, the usual citrus/grapefruitiness, but no sense of camphor that i get in alot of the powerful hopbombs.

the taste comes across much much lighter than expected, but it's rather refreshing. much more bready/biscuity. mouthfeel initially comes across with the carbonation, but flattens out a bit. a little bitter finish that i like, but would like some sustaining power. one of those here it is, now it's gone. not a bad thing at all, but something is missing. it's not a matter of's not dull at all. very drinkable. seems like a lesser ABV brew. a summer light APA for sure.

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of SilentSabre
2.92/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Didn't really get much out of this one. The pour was very yellow, and as such, much lighter than I was expecting. This looked almost like a macro, but not quite. Smell was very average with some noticeable sweet, citrusy hops, and a bit of malt, but little else. Taste, too, was very forgetable. A bit of sweetness up front, followed by very mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was a bit more carbonated than I was ready for. Overall, a very average APA that's easy to drink, but not very exciting. Ho-hum.

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Photo of Gatch
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this at a very warm temperature, almost room temperature, and it was still very good.

A - A light copper/amber color w/ a fizzy, carbonated head. I could hear the bubbles popping, which I had never heard before.
S - A very malty-sweet smell. Not a dry smell like other PA's.
T - Different from other Pale Ale's in that it was sweet but still had a dry, flavorful finish. A little grainy, but some caramel and fruity flavors came through.
M/D - Very smooth yet crisp enough to make you want another sip. It's a warm, humid summer night and the beer is warm, but it still shined. The sweetness sticks to the palate and the drinkability is great like most Pale Ale's. I liked this beer a lot more than I anticipated and I would recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of busterthecat
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- A clear hay, some head that quickly fades. Carb present.

S- Some mellow fruity & citrus hop aroma. Some light caramel sweetness. A light aroma overall.

T- Light sweet malt, mild citrus & some bitter hops. A slightly sugary after taste.

M- Light-Medium body. Lingers semi-well, drying, Crisp.

D- No alc. Extremely easy to drink, a summer beer. Best character of this beer.

Much better APAs out there. I finished it quickly to get something more flavorful to drink.

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Photo of Dan3279
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the 12oz bottle into a pint glass to find golden straw colored body with a small white head. The aroma had a lot of malts with a few hints of grapefruit hops and some citrus notes. The taste was good, though I did feel like it was missing something. I didn't think that the taste held up with the aroma, it was a good tasting beer but nothing out of the ordinary. It was a light and crisp beer that was easy to drink and enjoy, I just wish that the flavors would have stood out a bit more.

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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