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

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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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Photo of JG-90
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale pours a clear and lively, orange corn color. Has a medium sized, dense and creamy head with good retention and moderate lacing. Smells of sweet crackers, light malt, and grassy and floral hops.

Taste starts with sweet stale crackers, then floral hops, moving on to floury bread with a sweet, bready, grassy hop finish. Feel is medium-light, very creamy for how light it is with a touch of breadiness. Higher than average carbonation is what you would expect/want for this style.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a BEAUTIFUL clear amber color. The head is around a finger high, shaded slightly off-white. Retention is pretty good, and the texture allows it to leave behind a consistent (but short) ring of lacing behind. Seriously, this looks amazing in a glass.

S: Considering how much I've gotten used to high-falutin' new world hops, it's a bit refreshing to come back to something more...erm...'traditionally' hopped. A decent amount of floral Cascade notes come through, and even some light grapefruit qualities. There is some malt - slightly bready, slightly caramel-laden - to help break up the monotony, but never overpowers. Smells pretty solid, if a little mild.

T: This is definitely your typical Cascade-hopped pale ale, so the usual notes are here (flowers, grapefruit, and lime). What helps to separate it, however, is how the malt notes are soft and balancing without being oppressive. Maybe it's a bit on the weak side, but I don't care. This one is a keeper.

M: So, so crisp, even over other pale ales. It isn't the lightest, but it's so dry that I don't care. Bottle conditioning is doing its job here. Also fairly well carbonated. A twinge of sweetness lingers on the palate to let one know they're killing this too fast *cough*. Well ST, maybe you shouldn't make such a tasty pale ale, then I wouldn't drink it so fast. :P

O: There are times where a simple pale ale can bring just as much satisfaction as a hextuple barrel-aged barleywine brewed with Belgian dark chocolate, platinum shavings, and a portion of Shroud0fdoom's weed stash. This is one of those times. No, it isn't complex enough to earn something like a 4, but it's certainly good enough to keep around on regular drinker duty.

3.55/5: Drinkable with a capital D

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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.

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Photo of Sky
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my new favorite IPA's. If you've had a farmers tan by southern tier it's similar. Not to hoppy of an IPA and it goes down very easy. I'm just getting into IPA's and this is a good one. Smooth taste and mouthfeel. Will be buying this again. New fan

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Photo of emyers
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange color with a one inch fluffy white head.

Smell: Biscuity malt, some caramel, a bit of orange peel. A touch of floral hops.

Taste: Similar to smell - biscuit malt, some floral and piney hops, a bit of fruity yeast flavor. Not all that interesting to be brutally honest.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Pretty smooth.

Overall: Not bad, but doesn't do much to separate itself from the pack.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with short lived, fluffy white head. Aroma is of citrusy, piney hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal, piney hops dominate the flavor while pale malt provide some balance. Finish is long and dry. Ordinary Ale.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very light but shimmering golden coloring it had a soapy head of white foam.

The nose had a nice tea leaf, brewed tea, barley malt, lemon hop and a small bit of cannabis.

The tea leaf malt flavor seems most prevalent but it balances well with a lemony, floral hop. A grainy barley is noticeable and it couples with a roasted nut. I even detected some hinge root.

The feel is full enough to be satisfying, but smooth and light enough to be sessionable.

Calling it an Extraordinary Ale may be an overstatement but it is very well balanced and just plain good.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
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 BucannonXC5
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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 dhannes
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A gift from my brother...poured chilled into a Perfect Pint.

A=Slightly murky golden color, with a hint of orange/amber. I can't quite place it, but it doesn't look like your typical beer. Frothy white head of about an inch that lasted over a minute.

S=Hint of grass and grapefruit, but so subtle that is not off putting.

T=Moderate hop taste, which I am finding rather pleasing...a tad sour, but hearty and robust...sufficient malt backbone as well. Slightly citrusy, slightly creamy.

M=Moderate body...a touch on the lighter side, which could make this a decent session beer.

O=A very nice beer that I could see buying brother like this as well, so I will likely buy this again.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Mildly hazed and golden in color. Thin white head dissipated quickly. Spotty lacing.

S: Hops greet the nose first with a multi dimensional aroma of flowers, freshly cut grass, and orange peel. Grainy and doughy malt scents underneath. Straightforward, but good.

T: Hops control this beer. Oily, floral, spicy, minty, citrus. Oily orange peel. Moderately strong bitterness. Grainy and doughy malt base is stifled by the hops. Finishes with a long lingering oily hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy. Sharp, aggressive carbonation adds a big crisp bite.

O: Not the most focused effort. The hops really run away with the show here. Still, you can get away with that these days. People are happy with one-dimensional, hoppy beers. And it stays drinkable enough to forgive this.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Southern Tier's Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale a couple weeks ago for $1.72 at Toskey Sands Market. Since I've been disappointed lately in Southern tier's larger format bottles I thought I would try some more of their 12oz bottles, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok it's got that typical Southern Tier 12oz format look to it and it's nice to know it's made with three different malts and three different hops. It poured a slightly cloudy golden color that took on more of a golden orange color when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of slightly off white head that quickly died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that had a light candy like aroma to it followed by a good amount of malts that impart a cereal and grainy aroma with some light caramel malt and bready aromas in the background. Up next comes some citrus and fruity hops with citrus rinds seeming to stick out the most and there's some earthy hops aromas in the background. The aroma is nice and pretty well balanced.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that impart a grainy, cereal, and light caramel malt flavors with some some bready flavors seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the hops which impart a nice citrus rind flavor with a little bit of earthy hops in the background with a lower amount of bitterness with a grainy and citrus rind like aftertaste. This is a decent tasting beer that retains the good balance that the aroma had.

M- Smooth, crisp, clean, slightly watery, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was alright but I thought it came off a little watery,

Overall I thought this was decent beer and it's fairly close to being an average American Pale Ale, it had some nice balance to it, but I didn't think that the malts and the hops clashed a little and I don't think they blended together as well as they could have. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, crisp and clean, but the taste didn't do the greatest job at holding my attention so I think a one or two would be enough for me since it doesn't really keep me coming back for more. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance and balance, I thought they were both pretty nice and worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the drinkability, it just didn't keep me coming back for more. I might recommend this beer to someone who likes Pale Ales that aren't that bitter, but I don't think that it will really stand out in the style for most people. I don't think I would go out of my way to buy this again, but I might order it at a bar if I saw it on draft. All in all I did't think this beer was that great, but it wasn't that bad either, it was kind of right in the middle and it didn't really have anything about it that made it stand out. Better luck next time Southern Tier, this beer just wasn't that memorable.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A bright pale orange body, but a bit hazy and some fine carbonation. Head is fluffy and bleach white on the pour growing easily three fingers with whipped up retention.

Nose smells a little sweet. White sugar, slight candy like fruits. Not much malt, hop, sense or character going on to this.

Palate lands with similar hints of the nose. Mild sweetness and baby like aspirin. Slight medicinal bitterness in the finish but clean. Good malt depth but not much sense of a presence or angle. Tight carbonation twinge on first sip, but manages to tone itself down while consuming.

A rather run of the mill basic pale ale, but drinkable with nothing too off putting.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-clear gold color with a white head that laced the glass on the way down.
S-hops with citrus
T-hop flavor that lives you a hop aftertaste that fades with a caramel malt aftertaste
M-medium body that has a medium carbonation
O-the taste seems to be that of a darker beer with the color of a APA

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Photo of delta490
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- a light caramel color. The head lasts only around the rim of the glass but does leave some lacing.

S- not much. some caramel-esque sweetness is all that I noticed

T- light malt sweetness and slight hops bitterness. It appears to be attempting an English Bitter, but lacks the malt robustness or hops balance. Feels like the flavor needs to be turned up.

M- thinner and a little watery.

O- it's not bad, but it just seems to miss the mark it was aiming for.

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Photo of Samp01
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden amber with a small short lived white head. Aroma and Taste of biscuit malt, citrus notes, some yeast and citrus floral hops. A medium crisp body on the palate with some good carbonation. Finish is biscuit malt, a bit of grains and cereal notes with some citrus flavor and floral citrus hops balance. A bit more lager than ale. Overall a good refreshing

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Photo of Immortale25
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. DOB is 1/29/13.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch head that retains a bit before retreating to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Semi-sweet cereal grain malt aroma with some earthy hops backing it up. Notes of caramel and bread.

T- Nicely balanced hop/malt combo with more sweetness coming through plus some mild bitterness. The hops are more earthy and play off the cereal grain-like malt well.

M- Standard pale ale feel that's not too dry or sharp. Medium carbonation and a body that's a bit on the lighter side of medium.

O- I remember liking this beer a lot more when I first had it several years ago. Maybe I should have tried to find a fresher bottle for my review.

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Photo of Hoptopher
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I figured I should put it out there that this review is coming in on my third one of the evening.
Appearance is good, A golden light amber color. Smell is OK, not very strong. A little citrus a little pine. Not a whole lot going on with that. Taste is little better then the the smell. You get the same things, with a litte grapefruit bitterness from the hops and some bready taste from the malts. Mouthfeel is good, light and crisp. This a good beer for today since I've been busting my @$$ in the yard today and it's the hottest it's been all year.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and light. Copper/gold with a fingers worth of foam that fell fast but left a skin and hung around on the sides of the glass. Spritzy looking with constant bubbles rising from the bottom. Nose is floral and herbal. Light orange and lemon citrus.A little pine, grass and corn. There’s even a touch of musty basement. Malt is bread and plenty of caramel. Taste is clean and smooth. Malt is cereal, bread, dough & caramel. Hops are light but stay with the nose. Slightly sticky mouthfeel and a lingering sweetness. Semi dry, creamy and very easy to drink. I thought this was a pleasant and easy to drink ale and while it wasn’t really extraordinary, you could drink a few of these.

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Photo of tittymcj
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank in a bar in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Decent beer. Not a lot to distinguish it from any other pale ale, in my opinion. Almost the definition of average. Looks like it should, smells like it should, lacks a bit in mouthfeel.

I'd drink it again if none of the other options were new or interesting.

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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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tap at tap and mallet in Rochester ny. Pours an orangey golden color. Looks like a run of the mill pale ale. Subtle hop aroma and bready malt. Taste is crisp bready malt - biscuit I guess with a nice hop balance. Easy drinker but a bit bitter and dry finish almost tanic. Its a solid brew just not my fav.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a room temp pint glass.

A- It pours a clean light golden-amber color with a slim half-finger head that leaves some lacing. There's gentle bubbling which may explain the sparse head and lacing.

S-There's no denying the pale malts: bicuity, bready, yeasty, some sweet caramel balanced by a slight bitterness.

T- A pretty tasty bread basket. Moist breads and sweet malts. Quite good for such a low hop profile.

M- All that maltiness adds up to some chewy solid feel. Now the hops work their magic by keeping the sweets in check.

O-Extraordinary? Maybe not, but I could see this as a staple-like brew with the likes of a SNPA.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

S - Balanced. Nice grainy malt. Grassy hops, splash of citrus, spicy yeast reminiscent of a saison.

A - Golden in color with great clarity from a careful pour. Medium sized cap of rocky white foam. Fair amount of lacing.

T - Has some simple base malt flavor. Hop bitterness kicks-in early. Malt sweetness midway along with earthy hop flavor. Decently dry finish with short hop flavor after.

M - Medium-light body, medium-light carbonation, semi-dry.

O - The aroma is distinctly similar to a saison. More of an English hop emphasis with solid balance. Little sweet in the taste. Very drinkable good brew but a bit out of APA style. Not sure whether to grade it well for uniqueness or poor versus typical APAs.

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Photo of 57md
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper with a thin layer of head that dissipated almost immediately. This offering had a mildly hoppy and floral nose. The flavor is relatively thin with some dry hoppiness on the finish. This is a mediocre pale ale that is certainly not bad, but not even close to superb either.

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Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 1,489 ratings.
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