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

621 Reviews
Read the review
Phin & Matt's Extraordinary AlePhin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by wailingwench on 10-29-2004

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 621 | Ratings: 1,489
Photo of hophead123
5/5  rDev +40.1%
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

 156 characters

Photo of Rudgers73
4.68/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite APA by far.

It pours a golden color with very active carbonation. The head is a little off-white and is incredibly thick and retentive. The smell is a nice grassy hop. A little bit of pine as well. Very fresh. The taste is out of this world. I have never had such a clean, crisp, and smooth APA. The hops are up front, grassy and floral then there is a very quick pale malt burst that has a sort of nutty character. Slightly soapy taste in the head. It ends with a tongue-tingling fizz then the flavor quickly fads until the next sip. Perfect summer beer. I could drink this stuff all day.

 602 characters

Photo of SteveMellen
4.68/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I absolutely love this beer.

I have been drinking it for a couple of years at this point and every time I go and look at the craft brew aisle, I find myself coming back to this for a large variety of occasions.

This is a beer you can drink two after work and you could even drink it all day outside and not get bored or sick of it. The ratings speak for themselves. It has an excellent neutral pale taste to it. Phin and Matt's is a beer I can recommend to my friends who don't like insane hops but really like a good flavored sweet malt mixed with a smooth flavorfully hoppy aftertaste. This really shines with the push towards mainstream IPAs for a larger crowd over the past few years.

The ABV is a bit high to really pound them back to back though. Still, a good all-around choice and a generally excellent beer. Good work, Southern Tier.

 845 characters

Photo of Madmax99
4.6/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I absolutely love this beer. Slight taste of corriander, but hoppy. Not as hoppy as an IPA though. Very light foamy head that dissapears quickly. Very attractive copper color, that sets the tone for the beer. Pleasing drinkability, where you can drink a few and not feel full. Recommended for the beer drinker that likes slightly hoppy beer.

 341 characters

Photo of mwa423
4.59/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear orange, thin head that dies down to a solid lacing.

S - Fantastic smell of hops and citrus fruit on the nose.

T - Great balance of hops and fruit notes. Very impressive, one of the best tasting APA's I have ever had!

M - Very clean feeling and smooth, just slides down the throat

D - I could easily kill six of these and want one more!

 349 characters

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.57/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

@ le spigot, west hartford

beautiful and crystalline pour.. light amber orange with floaty islands on top.

light hopped fresh scent. mild malt, sweet and spicy.

taste is tangerine & grapefruity hops surrounded by more berry and earthy sweetnesses. tea leaves are brought to mind. light overall, super drinkable and puts the IPA to shame, especially when tasted side-to-side. carbonation tingles my mouth and the finish is mildly bitter for some variety against the summer tone. adds substance and aftertaste which quickly dissipates to encourage further sippage. about as close to an A+ for summer as you can get.

 623 characters

Photo of ppoitras
4.54/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" white head over the golden brew. Head, what there is, lasts pretty well, and lacing is average to good. Aroma is piney hop leaves. Taste starts with sweet pale malt, then carries through into an unexpectedly well-balanced hops character for the style, with a crisp pine shot at the close. Mouthfeel is excellent, and drinkability is even better. Check this one out, especially for this warm weather we got going on right now.

 556 characters

Photo of renegadeburger
4.53/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow for a pale ale this one really knocked my socks off when i poured it into a glass the head was basically levitating right out the glass it stayed there the whole time too

the smell was fantastic it smelled pine trees in the forest with some grapefruit as well and even some lemon how did they do that?

taste was perfect balance i had the malt in there but also the hops balancing in the end if they would have added any more hops it would have been too much but you know what they got the perfect amount in there really nice balance all the way

good mouthfeel overall i think this is super quaffable i will definitely buy this again i am loving the pale ale style and these guys definitely have it right on i will seek out more of their beers for sure

 758 characters

Photo of TheBierBand
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second beer at Dewey's Pizza in Clifton (Cincinnati, OH). This arrived with a nice 1/2" head left over from the perfect pour. The lacing left on the glass was come of the heaviest I've seen.... COOL! The beer was a clear amber/orange color.

Nice aroma to this beer.... you don't have to search out the citrusy hops in the smell.... very nice. Some tasted malt lingered in the background too.

The taste was VERY GOOD! I like this APA.... The citrus hops hit first like grapefruit peel...the some piney hops taste for complexity comes through. Sweet caramel taste lingers as well as a woodsy malt.

Mouthfeel: Nice.... perfect carbonation and a nice robust feel to this beer.

Drinkability: YES... highly recommended... I could enjoy a few of theses.

 753 characters

Photo of gmfessen
4.49/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy, pale golden color and a foamy white head. The nose is of citrusy hops and lightly toasted, caramel malt. Nice upfront citrusy, earthy hops initially and has an extremely smooth finish. Very well balanced; the lightly toasted caramel notes complement hop flavor nicely. The mouthfeel is a little on the watery side with just the right amount of carbonation to make this a very easy beer to drink. Between the excellent taste, overall smoothness and drinkability I would have to say that this does qualify as an extraordinary ale.

 595 characters

Photo of shand
4.48/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Here comes my normal "Southern Tier beers always look great!" opening. This is a great looking beer! Two fingers of cloudy head that quickly dissipate. Beer is a straw color, and lacing, as always. is great.

Smell: Bready malts dominate the nose, with just a bit of citrus and hops. Not bad.

Taste: This is really delicious. It's a great lighter beer. There's nothing wrong with a light beer in my opinion, and this is a great example of a style that's easy to drink and still tastes great. Sweet malts dominate the taste, but they're nicely balanced by the citrus and floral hops. It's just a good tasting beer that I love to drink. Simple as that.

Mouthfeel: Just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is chuggable, straight up. Very drinkable.

This isn't a Southern Tier for the extreme brew lovers. This shows a lighter side of Southern Tier that buyers of their imperial bombers might not even see. It's awesome that they're good at both sides of the spectrum. Highly recommended to those who don't always want their beers to be "extreme".

 1,118 characters

Photo of ABCBeer
4.48/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap. Good copper amber hue. You can smell the aromatic hops. Taste is a good balance of maltiness and citrusy hops with a crisp finish without an aftertaste. Easy to drink and full of flavor. A great beer for all occasions. Would recommend and drink again.

 268 characters

Photo of NathanBunn20
4.44/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

 357 characters

Photo of granger10
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a woody orange sorta color with a rather weak head the leaves abruptly. Carbonation seems a bit weak but not too bad. Smell is really grapefruity, i notice the cascades right away, then there's a yeasty freshly baked bread note in there as well. The body might be a bit on the light side, but overall I'd say it's medium and works really well for the balance of flavors in this beer. Lots of complexity in hop flavors here. There's a good dose of flavoring and bitterness here. Almost borders on IPA levels but the malts come big when they come giving this beer remarkable balance. Sweet fruit mixes with the grapefruit. Estery flavors are there. I'm getting caramel and maybe macademia nuts. There's a really interesting hit of hops midway through that gives me a unique apple bitterness. The bready yeast provides something special underneath. Finish leaves me with oily hop resins, yummy! This is a seriously sessionable beer, one I can see myself going back to many times.

 984 characters

Photo of smcolw
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear neutral amber. Good chaulky-colored head that leaves thin lace on the glass.

Green, young hop presence in the aroma--dry hopped. Fresh. Malt smells are muted but present; some alcohol in the background.

On first taste, this is a superior pale ale. The beginning is malt with very little hop bitterness. The malt fades and the hop takes over ending with the aftertaste being nearly all hop. The body is smooth, if slightly on the fuller side. This is also a surprisingly crisp beer. Carbonation is right on.

Frankly, I was not expecting much here, but this is a superior American Pale Ale. Very much worth seeking out.

 640 characters

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy orange with a bubbly beige head.

Aroma: Super juicy with tons of oranges especially. Toast and bread backbone.

Taste/mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, astringent, with a mint like biting/bitter finish. Tremendous orange flavor. Juicy as can be. Some other citrus, tangerine and a little grapefruit, over toast and biscuits. Delightful juicy body.

Drinkability: Outstanding. This is a sessionable beer indeed. Just wonderful.

 450 characters

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, golden color with a white head that thinned out to a layer leaving lots of sticky lace.

S - citrus hop aroma, with a mild malt background.

T - great hoppy taste, but not bitter, very nice balance with malts for a very fine tasting brew.

M - light bodied, mild carbonation, crisp, dry finish.

D - very drinkable beer, I may have to session this one.

 412 characters

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

served into a nonic glass from a long neck brown bottle with a twist-off cap.

Cloudy,golden amber color. 2" fluffy, white, pillowy, head.,Very good retention with spotty lacing.Lots of small particles floating around.

Very hoppy nose,lots of citrus, perfumy also grassy/leafy.Sweet,candy like carmell malt aromas also nutty.A very clean and pleasing aroma.

A very hoppy citrus taste.with some grapefruityness.Grassy/leafy. Sugary carmell maltiness. Finishes with a clean,pleasing bittersweetness.A bit thin on the malt,enjoyed the hoppiness so much it didn't matter to me.

Medium body,creamy has a light feel to it.Extremely drinkable the lack of malt makes it a bit light,the great hoppy tastes makes it hard to stop drinking. Would be a good summer beer,very sessionable. Get it a try if you like hoppy beers.

 823 characters

Photo of Murchmac
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ups to Beertruth for putting this in as an extra! Beer doesnt lie.

Pours a brilliant lemony orange pale. Like Jack White standing next to a 6 foot lemon. Nice head retention on it.

Smells lemony, candy fruity, hoppy, peppery. Love it. If this were cleaning detergent, i'd still drink it. Now I know why eagles drink anti freeze.

Tastes really weird. It doesnt taste like any style i've ever had. This is the bold taste I was looking for from the people that do choklat, pumking, etc.

Nice sweet lemon marmalade, lingering aftertaste.

There is a drink in greece made with citrus preserves you put in water, this is what it tastes like. Love it.

 656 characters

Photo of BeerYoss
4.31/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


A- Crystal clear light gold; very little head and almost no lacing

S- orange spice, small hint of bitter hops

T- Nice subtle hit of hoppy bitterness up front followed by a tasty toasted malt. very nice balance between the strong, yet not overpowering, hops and the toasted malts. eminently drinkable

M- light to medium bodied. just a touch of carbonation

O- I really like this beer. The hops and malts are really balanced well and taste wonderful.

 459 characters

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer ahs a crystal clear body with an apricot hue. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that rise in strands to the surface. There is a snow white head that is creamy with a few big bubbles pushing through, then it turns rocky but last and last.

S- This beer has a nice pine citrus hops note with a very smooth pale malt note and a hint of orange to it.

T- This beer has a great flavor of grapefruit hops and a pine flavor with a bit of pucker. There is a slight spicy note to the hops in the finish. The soft pale malt flavor comes through after a bit and it has some nice depth to it.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol in the finish.

D- This beer has a very nice hop complexity with a supporting flavor of soft malt with a nice subtlety.

 826 characters

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A swirling, dirty yellow hue, a capsized white head. Juicy hops and a massive freshly squeezed grapefruit nose. It’s expected, yet nicely done—a bitter blast of juicy and piney hops, very clean malts noticeable and blended nicely. Bubble gum texture, tenderly sweet, very mild carbonation. Traces of orange peel and lemon, a definitive citrus hop palate. This is pretty good stuff, tasty and well rounded. Don’t serve ice cold.

 430 characters

Photo of BeerSox
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Honey colored hue with an off white one finger head that settles to a thin cap, leaving a solid wall of lacing.

Sharp piney hops make up the aroma with a little bit of grainy malt at the base. A touch of diacetyl is mixed in as well.

Sweet grain with an earthy hop flavor, not too sharp, but not too sweet, just right. A little bit of honey can be tasted in the finish. Medium bodied with a good aount of carbonation. The finish is the lingering hop bitterness.

I found this one rather enjoyable. It had the hopiness, but it wasn't too overpowering. It's also just above the level of a normal session ale, but not too strong. Recommended.

 666 characters

Photo of santoslhalper
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The more I consume high-proof, incredibly complex imports, the more I appreciate the simplicity of a good pale ale. This one here is hoppy, smooth, and incredibly drinkable. It looks nice and smells nice as well, but the flavor is incredibly well balanced. Thank good for good APA's like this one. Had this one at Tulune's.

 323 characters

Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden color with moderate white puffy head,
Smell is significane for hops with a light malt background.
Taste is supreb. The hops dominate but the malt blends in perfect proportions.
Dry at the ending, which causes a beckoning for another taste.
Pertfect beer. n easy drinker. Very refreshing.

 309 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 1,489 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.