Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Phin & Matt's Extraordinary AlePhin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,654
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
81
Ranked #43,946
Avg:
3.55 | pDev: 13.8%
Reviews:
626
Ratings:
1,501
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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SCORE
81
Good
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Reviews by WhiteHillsStore:
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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 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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Photo of Freggs
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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Photo of DruC4
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of matt21
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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Photo of Tomhet
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Gww1864
5/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
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 subtlety...it's not dull at all. very drinkable. seems like a lesser ABV brew. a summer light APA for sure.

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Photo of Ralphs66
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of johntfox
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
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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Photo of Zaiquiri
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Dilbert65
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 1501 ratings