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

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Phin & Matt's Extraordinary AlePhin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale
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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

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Added by wailingwench on 10-29-2004

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Ratings: 1,499 |  Reviews: 626
Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy and Malty, and carmel. Dark Golden. A smoother sweeter member of the North American Grapefruit hophead series of beers. Bold fruit but lemon in finish. Medium mouthfeel. Not much head or lace. Altogether a fine refreshing start to Radekfest, and thanks to the Yankee who served it up.Had on tap a year later and enjoyed hoppiness and fruit though dring.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: no head to speak of on a golden and crimson body.

S: light on the nose with mostly pale malt with a musty and floral hop notes.

T: mostly pale malts with a subtle fleeting pine notes. intermixed floral and citrus hops.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: drinkable but with all of the high end flavorful APAs out there this one hardly stands out and is way too simplified.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a less hoppy american pale, pouring a clear yellow color with a spiderweb lacey white head an inch high. the nose is light crystal and pale malts, dry and bready, with a mild fruity hopping. flavor is the same, nothing too intriguing here, but a very balanced and fresh tasting brew with some cut grass notes in the finish. crisp and clean, drinkable and refreshing, a sessionable brew. lots of bubbles, light light body. i wouldnt buy this because it isnt my type, but its yummy and down easy with a bowl of chili con carne.

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Knapp85
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out with a gigantic amount of head on it. It was pretty much the entire glass was foam and with the smallest amount of liquid at the bottom. It took several tries to get the entire beer into the glass. Once it settled this beer was a clear yellow color. The aroma was on the hoppy side not too much else really happening there. The taste was a little piney, the after taste had some malts kicking in but not a whole lot. The mouthfeel was ridiculously carbonated, every sip I took the beer just went crazy and foamed up in my mouth. It was kind of a pain because it was hard to get a decent mouthful.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that dissipated, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of floral hops and fruit in the nose along with notes of sweet malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light to moderate amount of malty sweetness and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A nice solid brew from Souther Tier here. For a pale ale it is quite hoppy but the best part of it is its drinkability. A great taste, light bodied, and a low enough ABV to not make you half in the bag. An easy drinker from a great brewery. I would definitely have this one again.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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

Brewers, when you use words like 'extrordinary' on your labels, you put yourself on a pedistal. This notion will be challenged with each and every sip from your customers. Needless to say, you have some extraordinarily large shoes to fill!

Phin & Matt's pours a rather ordinary light copper/golden color with active carbonation streams feuling a modest white head. Moderate with retention and lace, the beer looks a dissapointing normal.

Graham cracker, orange zest, and a touch of peppery ginger shape the nose with medium but balanced intensity. Though flaws are nil, the beer develops a very simplified scent. Nice, but nothing out of the ordinary.

The flavors of the beer closely mimic the aromas and is a testiment to the consistency of the beer from nose to finish. Citrus notes from hops give a crisp grapefruit and orange peel flavor and bitterness that rises everso slightly above a light caramel and malty/bready base. Light spicy yeast give a mild pepper or ginger 'snappy' character. Lighter than usual flavors give a grainy impression late. Again, simplified but not banal.

Early medium creaminess disipates as the carbonation falls, making for a quick transition to dryness late. The beer seems to end before it should, allowing for a watery notion to play with light graininess far after the finish, heading into aftertaste.

It turns out that there's really nothing extrordinary about this pale ale (except that the brewing company thinks that the beer is extraordinary). But as pale ales go, it compares well to Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale even if it's lighter in body and taste. Very sessionable without requiring much thought. Regrettably, the beer probably falls in the "forgettable" catagory.

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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.


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Photo of oline73
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden tone with a sticky, soapy head that reduced itself quickly.

Initial floral hop aroma that blows off after a few minutes, laying bare the cereal grain smell of pale malt.

Flavor is redeeming, nice light citrusy hop bite, with lingering earthy herbal hops and a slight honeyish aftertaste long after it's gone. Hints of puffed wheat too, but not distracting in this pale ale. Moderate body, not thin, well balanced with ample carbonation. The glass disappeared in 5 minutes after the 1st sip, if that's any indication of being sessionable.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled in July 2012. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, pine, pineapple, bread, grass, herbal, and floral. Pretty nice aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, grass, pine, bread, and herbal. Light crisp bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, grass, pine, herbal, floral, and bread on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of flavors, with a good hop/malt balance; a bit watery but still tasty; no cloying flavors at all on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very crisp and clean mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale ale. Good hop flavor profile with nice balance; extremely crisp and smooth to drink. An enjoyable and sessionable offering I would have no problem getting again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, orange/copper color with a small, bubbly head of tan foam. The head left sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled very floral and of citrus, mostly orange peel. Some caramel in the nose, too.

T - It has a nice spicy bite from the hops with a sharp citrus bite. It had a nice roasted malt flavor with sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light-bodied ale.

D - This is a great APA, tasty and sessionable. This could be a staple in your fridge.

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Photo of brentk56
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a massive head (twas a gusher) with some nice lacing, too

Smell: Lemony citrus, with hints of Pine-Sol and cedar

Taste: Light malt flavor allows the hop bill to take prominence, but the hops are just not that tasty, with a lemony and cedary astringency that just gets worse after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I think I'll stick to Southern Tier's big beers

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light hazy amber color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light bitter hops with a subtle citrus undertones and medium caramel malt base. Taste is more bitter in terms of aroma then actual taste with a medium caramel malt base. Body is full with good carbonation. A good session ale though more hops presence could have benefited this beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale golden yellow in color. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a couple of large thin patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: There are moderate amounts of some malty sweetness along with some floral hops.

T: Very similar to the smell, the beer starts out with a light amount of malt sweetness. After that there is a light presence of floral hops imparting a moderate amount of bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and just on the edge of being sessionable (might be a little too high in ABV and too intense in flavor, but not by a lot). I would definitely have this beer again.

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