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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by wailingwench on 10-29-2004

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Photo of renegadeburger
4.53/5  rDev +28.3%
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

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Photo of SickGnar
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Lightly coppered golden with a hint of haze. Okay size eggshell head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Fruity, juicy, and zesty citrus (not rind). Soft, bready malts with hints of toasty grains and caramel.

T: Sort of a teal-like aspect to the hops – pleasant though. Otherwise grassy, floral, and herbal hops with citrus there, but a bit behind. Again, the emphasis on juicy and fruity, which goes nice with the honey sweet doughy malts. Just a touch of caramel comes through in the middle. Hints of rind and resin in the finish with a ghost of mint. Super well balanced, and reasonably rounded without getting complex.

M: Average body and average carbonation. Solid and down the middle. Good for the style and good for this brew. Perhaps run-of-the-mill, but well done.

D: Nicely balanced, interesting, but not complicated. Nicely drinkable. Solid malt base really lets interesting hop profile shine – not distinctly American (west coast C hops), not really English, not really Noble – a nice select blend. Good for a session. Certainly better than their Pale, though perhaps not truly extraordinary (careful with those superlatives).

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper-orange color with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. The head fades down to a thinner layer leaving behind some spots of lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of some lightly toasted sweet caramel malts, some lemon, some grassy hops, and just a touch of bread.

T - Starts off with a mix of light sweet caramel malts and some citrus hops. Through the middle, the caramel flavor gets a bit richer and a bit of grassy hops and bitterness joins in. The finish is a mix of caramel, citrus hop, and bitterness with a bit of bread flavor.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and just a bit too thin. The finish is really clean and maybe a touch too empty.

D - Very drinkable. Very crisp and refreshing, but at the same time a bit empty. Could have used a bit more of a kick mixed in there.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very clear straw gold. Smallish cap of whitish foam sits on top as weel as lacing placed about in some droopy, short sheeting.

Aroma is of pale breadyness, like that of white crusts, a bit of peach, pear, and apricot sift about. Overall pretty tame nose.

Taste has a peculiar twist within its bready maltyness. A bit crispy, biscuity, pretzely...lightly tangy with that certain fresh bread doughy sweetness. Hops are low on the scale with just a small portion seeping through with some unripe white peach, perhaps some lightly toned in starfruit and red pear. Dullish lemony floralness are noted as it gets into the finish. Not much in the finish, pretty simple, a bit flat, and dull. Or, Pale, if you will.

Body lays a bit flat with the carbonation and sits just under a medium mouthfeel. Starts a bit empty and picks up a general steam of pick me up as it goes. Pretty much the younger brother beer of Gemini. The only other brew from Southern Tier I steer away from. As Pales goes, this stuff is a little above average, but not by much.

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Photo of ZAP
2.21/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-Copper colored...light whisp of egg white head.

S- Very light...some bready notes... bit of citrus...very subdued.

T-Not real impressed. Some orange peel. Lemons.. Not much malt backbone.

M-Watery....light bodied...thin...

O-Shit the bottle had me excited...three different malts...thre different hops (probably not that much different from other PA's but it is good marketing)....the product is not very good though...the regular ST Pale Ale kicks the shit out of this. That is a decent beer. This is not. Stop brewing this would be my suggestion.

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Photo of lazjuarez
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No date stamped on bottle, poured into a tumbler.

A: Pours a golden yellow, some faint haziness. About half a finger worth of a white sea foam type head which quickly dissipates to a ring. Almost no lacing and some carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass.

S: Nose is sweet, small citrus notes are coming through. The sweetness is almost like caramel, then subdued/balanced by some hoppy resin.

T: Not as sweet as the nose, but more of a biscuity malt. Hoppy, but very small role. Very light and crisp.

M: Light/medium bodied, has a small biscuity mouthfeel, very small carbonation helps clean the palate as well.

I believe this bottle may not be as fresh as I'd like so when I find a fresher batch, I'll edit my review accordingly.

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Photo of Stunner97
2.7/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

apppearance- light amber to yellow color with nice thick tan and very low carbonation,

Smell- smell is almost very non exsistant, slight malt,

taste- slight malt and hop, nice balance in that aspect but overally simple and bland, not offensive in anyway but very bland and run of the mill, it just lacks a whole lot real flavor,

Mouthfeel- light and crisp, smooth feel,

Drinkability/overall- this beer overall is just to bland for me its not hard to drink but just kinda bland, its simple and decent but certainly far from the best pale ale i have had recently

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Photo of stewart124
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with little head to speak of.

Fruity/citrus nose with some light bready notes.

Taste is medium bodied and refreshing. Nice very light caramel notes. Hops are blended well with the malt bill. Some fruity esters and a good hop bite. Some bubble gum characters. Leaves a juicy fruity note on the palate.

Just a pleasant all around beer to drink and enjoy. Nothing wrong with having a few of these in the fridge for when freinds come over.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Very light being poured but settles into a straw yellow. It has a pretty decent foamy head that lingers a bit.

S: Aroma is of mild citra hoppiness and grapefruit as well as graham cracker and flaky malts. There’s just a bit of spiciness at the end, like cinnamon.

T/M: Citra hops are prevalent in the flavor as well. There’s also some toast and a bit of sweetness in the finish.

It’s similar to the first citra beer I fell in love with. It’s not ordinary, but it’s not really extra-ordinary. I’d say it’s somewhere in the middle, we’ll call it extraord, or traordinary.

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Photo of gskitt
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at Bobbique, pours a bright amber, some decent lacing. Head did not last. Smell was floral, earthy, not hoppy. Rather like an ESB than a pale ale. Tasted more like an APA, balanced, bitter, and only a bit hoppy. Maybe more hops would have made this better. mouthfeel was tacky, liked it. Overall, decent brew from Southern Tier. ST is proving that they can brew more than just dessert stouts.

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Photo of NODAK
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a pretty sweet aroma for style, with some floral and bready notes. Actually just muted overall.

Taste isn't much what I would expect in an APA. Living up to Southern Tier's reputation for shorting the hops, this may be the least hoppy beer in this style I've had. Has a mildly sweet and floral body with some breadiness. Finish only has a small hop bitterness showing up...a little grain lingering.

This certainly is a pretty drinkable and tasty beer, albeit strange for style.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Total Wine in Tampa and transported back to SF for sampling.

Ever-so-slightly hazy light orange with golden highlights. Visible carbonation streams strongly from the nonic Firestone Walker half-pint glass. Thin white head, poorly formed and not retaining well. Lemon rind and grapefruit make their way to the nose with grainy toasty malt playing backup. Lemony hops up front followed by a soda cracker dry finish. Medium in body with a moderately high level of carbonation. Effervescent, very present carbonation.

Decent example of the APA style, could use more American hop character and bitterness to improve. Tasty malt backbone and a great dry finish.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More of a bitter than an American pale. It's drinkable - basically, it's a lot of toasty, marginally biscuit malt and bud-nippin' bitter with the hops showing more sharp pine/rosemary than 'hoppy'.

Gold-orange-amber color. No head retention or lace. Clean-filtered. It really just looks boring and bland. The smell is bitter/sharp pine and sporting an orange peel hoppiness - at least I think it's all from hops. You can smell the toastiness of the malt in combo. Not quite acrid, mellows as it warms. Bitter from the get-go on the palate, vaguely flower-petally, approaching harsh and tart. Malts not showing strong. The bitterness lends a persistent tingle, though it drops out smooth and clean late.

It's alright - drinkable. Bitter through and through.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

OK so my dog's name is Phin, so naturally this was a must try.

A - Pours nice two finger foamy white head. Brew is copper/golden in color, slightly murky. Very nice lacing.

S - Lots of honey, slight spice and citrus. Good blend of mild hop and caramel. Piney and grassy. Slight lemon and orange creep out too.

T - Great hop blalance! Very relaxing and light. Piney and slightly citrus.

M - Very refreshing. I could drink the beejeezus out of this brew in the summer. Very light and airy. Not your typical Pale. Great carbonation and even blended mouthfeel.

O - A great extra in a great trade! Super glad I go to try this one! Thank you Lerxst!

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On the label, it is called an "Extraordinary Ale." That seems like pretty big bragging rights. I bought a single 16 oz. bottle as a first run.

I poured the bottle into a pint glass. I had about one finger of head. The head dissipated into a very light film.

The aroma had notes of floral and citrus hops. I didn't get through the third set of hops identified on the label.

The taste had less character than the aroma. If it tasted like the aroma, I would have been really happy. The taste had soft hops smells. This is a pretty simple pale ale.

Overall it was an average example of a pale ale. There was very little extraordinary about it. I'm sorry, Matt and Phinn.

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Photo of 7ate9
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks good. Smells sweet, grainy, slightly citrus. Taste is grainy, tad sweet, and again some citrus. Slighty bitter hops on finish.
Pleasant mouthfeel with nice carb. I like it. I could drink this and be quite pleased but there's nothing here that would make me buy it again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice clear light amber. Head is a nice half inch with some nice lacing.

S - Smells sweet which I like in my pales along with a bit of pine and citrus zest.

T - Solid sweet malts paired along a mild not overbearing bit of hop presence. More sweet and fruity rather than bitter pine. Flavor is solid and succession able. Has a nice bit of grains

M - Light to medium. Would drink it again.

Overall my only gripe is maybe it could use a touch more hops. Would like to try it again but I liked the pale better.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Finally pulled the trigger on a single o' this. It pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises mild caramel, musty flowers, and light pine. The taste holds notes of even milder caramel, orange peel, light grapefruit rind, and light grass. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a finish that seems to want to be dry. Overall, I was severely underwhelmed by this brew. I can't say it's necessarily bad in any real respect, but it doesn't come anywhere near something I can call "good".

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Photo of RashyGrillCook
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The name brings about flashbacks of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure though I'm sure thats just a coincidence. Pours a dead clear golden amber with virtually no head. Smells of hops still hanging on the vine and taste like it too! First sip is instant hops however there is NO lingering bitter aftertaste as with other hoppy brews. As the hops roll off there are definite notes of caramel and malts. This is perfect for the person looking to ease into the flavor of hops or is an excellent choice for a session beer. I could easily drink many of these and not get bored with the instant hop hit. Extraordinary? Maybe not... but it is refreshing and damn delicious none the less.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice deep copper color with a good amount of clarity to it. Nice streams of carbonation could be seen coming up towards the top and a good sixed two inch head of white foam came over the top right away. Slight settling still left behind copious amounts of sticky white lace, with a bare top.

The aroma was nice and hopped, grassy with some decent touches of light citrus and pine mixed in. A bisuit like bready middle to it that really came out once it warmed up. The flavor was more of the same, crisp and clean, with a quick hitting citric hop bite in the front that mellowed out with some light grain, and bready malts to balance nicley, all the while staying very light and towards the hoppier side of the style. Crisp and clean with a light feel and a great carbonation profile, this was defintly a very nice offering that was easily sessionable during the evening,

Overall not bad at all here This was a very good little session ale that I would have no issue at all with trying out again some day. I would love to find it on cask to give it a good whirl. Definitly worth another look here.

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Photo of rpardon7
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a amber orange clear color with a bright white loose head. Smell is soft citrus and hints of some buscuit and sweet caramel malts. Taste is simply complex, not overpowering in hops or malt but a nice complexity to the flavor ranges with citrus and floral hops to bits of buscuit and caramel malt. Mouthfeel is smooth and light good body and carbonation. Overall very enjoyable beer, not outstanding but balanced and good.

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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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Photo of 6thomas3
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Generous head retention similar in appearance to cream pie topping with lacing clinging to the side of my glass for dear life, see through pale yellow with limited carbonation bubbles all most as if they went on strike, picturesque uniformity and startling clarity

Smell - Dull floral aroma with faint hints of clay and dirt

Taste - Light and delicate with a touch of snap at the end; not over powering by any means yet still intriguing

Mouthfeel - Weightless and casual density provoke inner rage, perhaps a longing for more

Overall - Easy breezy session beer

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Photo of Kelly88
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Cock and Bull. Served in the very filling imperial pint glass.

A- light orange color with a dirty whit dog colored head. Impressive head that mellows to a thin cap. Very nice. Tiny nucleic bubbles and lace cobble the glass.

S- very good nose. Sweet and floral with sweet malts rounding out the initial sniff. Hops are hitting the palate stronger as it warms. Dank and sweet.

T- very well done pale ale. Sweet malts with subtle citrus. Really mixing well. Nothing overdone. Good flavors that are subdued. Good pale ale. The one flavor I am getting more of is a mix of breafrench bread and a little citrus butter. Weird description but it works.

M- medium to light. Not heavy at all. Real good carbonation,just enough to not be distracting

Overall a pretty flavorful pale ale. Looks good and drinks good. I like this beer. Actually one of the best pales I've had. A nice mix of hops and malts.

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Photo of Natural510
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no dating.

Pours a lighter copper color with medium head which dissipates to a slight but sturdy ring of lacing on the glass.

Scent is sweet with raw barley and a perfume of flowers, though not of the "floral hop" variety.

Flavor is very grassy and floral (jasmine or honeysuckle), somewhat unusual for an ale, with a refined-sugar sweetness from the malt. Hops actually balance the malt quite well with a bittering, forest-pine hop.

Body and mouthfeel are fine; body in-line with the pale ale style (firm but not too heavy) and carbonation suits the brew well.

One's like or dislike of this offering will hinge entirely on acceptance of a sugary, jasmine-flavored ale. I found it interesting and quite drinkable, on occasion; others may downright hate it.

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Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 1,496 ratings
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