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

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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Ratings: 1,493 |  Reviews: 622
Photo of FattyJLE
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a translucent amber/orange with a one inch white head and good lacing.

S - Very aromatic with sweet orange and grapefruit juice. A hint of yeast.

T - Although well-balanced between malt and hops, there was little of either in terms of flavor in this beer. A slight malt sweetness was offset by an herbal, earthy bitterness with a yeasty flavor mixed in. Very bland.

M - A thin body with a dry finish. The carbonation was also a bit high giving a bubbly drinking experience.

O - I wouldn't really classify this beer as "extraordinary" as the labels says. It's an okay beer overall, well-balanced but lacking a lot flavor. I'd classify this as an adequate, drinkable session beer, but I will not seek it out again.

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Photo of HOMEPL8
2.11/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Highly recommended by the bartender at one of our local watering holes (I generally trust his recommendations) ...I'm a huge PA and IPA fan...this beer tasted like the beers was strained through a grass catching bag from a lawn mower...Poured attractive as typical pale, but as soon as the beer hits the inside of the mouth, the bitterness is more biting than appealing and therefore, brings most catagories into the not impressed range for me on this beer...the finish is a finish a long to forget.

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Photo of jar2574
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange/yellow color with plenty of carbonation and decent white head. Smells very hoppy - the grassy kind rather than the fruity kind.

This tastes disappointingly weak, watery and plain. There isn't as much of a hop kick as the smell would suggest. You get a sense of hops, but barely. The beer is almost flavorless.

It has a below average mouthfeel - boring, too watery and macro-brewish. It's not hard to drink and not terrible by any stretch. But I wouldn't buy it again, either.

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Photo of G2Brew
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle at 50 degrees into a pilsner glass.

A - Pours a pale golden amber color, with a small white head that quickly fades. Nice, persistent lacing. Obvious carbonation, with bubbles rising through the beer. A little chill haze, but fairly clear.

S - There's some nose here but I expected more hops aroma, based on the product description. Aroma has citrus and pine hops, and clear malty grains.

T - The malt wins out over the hops, although there's plenty of both. Very straightforward, not a lot of surprise, although I'd say I like the flavor better than the aroma, even though they're similar. I get more of the profile from the taste than the aroma.

M - Mouthfeel is light to medium, with modest carbonation. The level of carbonation works here, as more would overwhelm the malt flavors. It seems to get a little watery as it warms up.

D - Crisp and refreshing, I'd probably prefer it colder and drink it as a lawnmower beer. Not bad for the money, but not great either. It's a good, solid, nothing fancy APA.

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Photo of FleeVT
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 12oz bottle with no date. Poured into a pint.
A: Pale straw colored beer with a nice white head. Exceptionally clear and carbonated.
S: Good old American hops in the form of citrus and pines. Some bread malts.
T/M: Again, the citrus and piney hops balance well with the moderate malt profile. Lighter bodied for the style cut nicely with a higher carbonation level. Finishes clean.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear golden-orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of citrus fruit, and herbal hops. The taste has some grapefruit, and a little bitterness. There isn't much else there. The mouthfeel is a touch lighter than medium bodied with carbonation that is a little high. Overall, this beer isn't bad, but it isn't good either. I wouldn't complain about drinking this again, but if given other options I probably wouldn't.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.
Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head. Little to no lacing. Smells malty and a bit toasty. Also a little orange rind and coriander. Palate is malty, earthy, and citrusy. Hops add grapefruit and some orange flavor. Mouthfeel is slick and fluid with mild dryness. Drinkable but not memorable. Their regular Pale Ale is much better than this, so I have to wonder, what's the point?

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

Poured a deep yellow with a hint of orange. Excellent clarity. Nice foamy white head that leaves wet lacings and a thin white cap. Medium bodied with tangy carbonation. Lemony citrus and bready aromas . Taste is similar to aroma: lemony citrus hop flavor and bready, grainy malt flavors. A bit of a stale bread finish.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.91/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden straw color with about a finger of snow cap white head that retains fair enough and gives off sparse soapy lace. Slight hoppy aroma and bit of fruitiness to it. I guess I would call it strawberry. Oddly enough, I also kind of smell sharp cheddar cheese faintly. Grainy flavors with a slight fruity profile and again a weird cheesy flavor. This just seems a bit off for me. The mouthfeel is fair, kind of under carbonated in my opinion but it drinks alright. Certainly not my favorite though.

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Photo of Ty1erC
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.*

a: it's a slightly hazy, golden color with great retention and thick lacing.

s: the smell is sweet malt, citrus hops, and some earthiness. i'm detecting a metallic odor as well.

t: a good balance of malt and hops, with some citrus notes. the finish is relatively sweet.

m: light and effervescent.

d: highly drinkable.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a nice golden color and when held up to light, it appeared that the beer had an ever so slight haze to it. The beer had a nice white, foamy head that was not well retained. Some lacing and a thin, uneven cap remained.

The beer gave off more of a hops aroma, citrus hops with a hint of sweetness and breadyness.

The flavor was a lot better than I had expected. A very nice, well balanced taste...sweet breadyness and nice bitter hops.

The beer was a lighter medium feel to it with good carbonation. The beer was very smooth, crisp and very refreshing and very drinkable and finishes with a nice dry aftertaste. This is one of those styles that I think is very under-rated. This is a quality APA and one that should be enjoyed often.

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Photo of busterthecat
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
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 AdamBear
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-cloudy gold, good amount of white head, a lot of bubbles, decent lacing that stays.

S-good amount of sweet barley and hops, decent strength

T-matching taste except there's a good bit of citrus to it. citrus comes in the after-taste as well along with the hops and tiny bit of bitterness. in fact, the after-taste has a decent complexity to it. its not a bad beer, but i feel the taste itself isn't as pronounced as i'd like it to be.

M-medium carbonation with a good, creaminess to it. very crisp finish.

D-very drinkable, crisp at tasty all the way through. I could have many of these in a night. there aren't any real negative qualities that keep me from wanting to have this again. in fact, this wasn't my first bottle.

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

Poured a nice crisp yellow into a red plastic cup (beggars cant be choosers) with a thin frothy head that could be reawoken with a swirl. smelled of syrupy thick hops. Taste followed the nose a bit but more malty, but definitely rich and a bit syrupy. Pretty drinkable but a bit thicker than I usually aim for. The hops malt balance doesn't really make it heavy in any direction, seems like a safety type of brew. Nithing outstanding, but nothing offensive.

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

A pretty golden color with a touch of orange. Not too much head or lacing, but plenty of rising bubbles. Crystal clear.

It's got a pleasant aroma and flavor profile which are very similar. It's a bit grainy, with some nice hoppiness and a good malt balance. It's got a little bit of grapefruit and tangerine citrus, plus just a touch of earthiness, and finishes off with a touch of sweetness.

Light bodied and well carbonated. Slightly slick. Very nice.

This actually drinks pretty well. I'd certainly buy it again. Would be great in cans for fishin'.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.77/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy, gold color with no head or lingering lace. It's aroma is mainly grapefruit with hints of citrus and caramel. The flavor begins with grapefruit followed by a good balance between hop bitterness and malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is light and drinkability is average. Phin & Matts Extraordinary Ale is a decent beer, recommended.

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Photo of kimbo33
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I really wish they would "can" this beer and make more of the stuff that actually tastes good. This tastes like a mainstream ale that should appeal to the masses but in the end doesn't impress. Nice hop aroma but the taste is real real malt flavor. Too many good beers from ST to drink this one.

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

12oz bottle. Pours a translucent light orange color with a thin head. Some lacing. Aroma is earthy with some grains and a small amount of hops. Taste is a bit more malt than I expected. Has a slight bitter hop taste too. Earthy flavors as well. Certainly a drinkable APA. Works fine in a mix 12 pack but not worth seeking out on it's own.

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Photo of SnowGoon99
2.4/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

Pours a straw color with an off-white head. Definitely too light for an American Pale Ale in my opinion. I expected it to be an American IPA but was totally thrown off at the beginning. Aroma was ok. Pretty standard aroma with fruity American hops. Slight hints of piney or earthy notes from the hops as well.

Taste was not good. Had either under-attenuated or was just old or something. Was way too sweet for a hoppy type beer. Hardly any bitterness to speak of with some hop flavor that saves it from total terribleness. Mouthfeel is pretty standard for a pale ale but nothing great. Definitely not too drinkable.

Overall i was very unimpressed with this beer. It was just not pleasurable to drink. I would not recommend it to anyone else and probably wouldn't buy it again.

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

I love Southern Tier and I always get excited to try a new brew. Pours a golden orange with little head retention. Light in body and aroma. Flavor is crisp and refreshing with good notes of citrus, hops, malts, and bitterness.

Nothing in this beer really stood out for me. This beer is exactly "extraordinary." But has good drinkability.

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Photo of digitalczech
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - The beer poured a decent head but was hazy. Not as clear as I hoped. Some lacing on the glass was nice.

S - It smelled off... it was ok with hints of malt but there was something off on it I couldn't put my finger on.

T - Lots of Orangy Citrus to it. It was refreshing. And looking at the name "Southern" I gave it to them. I could see this going well at summer picnic.

M - Very Light... but refreshing. Again, the southern part of the name made me understand how it should be a summer beer.

D - I rated this high. It's not an amazing beer. But it drinks well. Really well. This is a session beer and goes down pretty easily.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy gold colour with an average size frothy and creamy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation, and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head didn't last for very long before it was gone.

Smell - Breads/grains, cereal, a grassiness, lemon, corn syrup

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation on the tongue, and the most noticeable flavours are corn syrup, pale malts, and lemon. There is also a lot of bread/cereal flavour mixed with a grassiness. The beer finishes with a slightly bitter lemon and corn syrup aftertaste.

Drink - An average beer that I wouldn't seek out again. It wasn't awful; it was just nothing special.

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

Medium/Deep Orange color, some yellow highlights. Quite hazy at pour, clears quite a bit with time and warmth but still just barely has a haze. Thin, spotty head, lasts throughout. Bright rich citrisy aroma. Pretty heavy on orange and grapefruit. Almost a pale maltiness present. Average Carbonation. Beginning of drink is somewhat bland. Darker citrisy flavor in middle, heavy orange peel at end. Very light mouthfeel. For such a heavy aroma, almost feels a little empty. Would make for a light refreshing summer beer. Malt shows through more as beer warms. Taste not very complex, not to have three hop varieties and three malts. Simple and relatively clean.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Yellowish orange. Thin white head.

Smell: Fruity, citrus hops, subtly malt.

Taste: Citrus almost lemony with a bit of malty backbone but mostly just watery, carbonated and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light.

Drinkability: This isn't one I'd seek out, but would be perfectly acceptably if somebody handed me a couple three bottles.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A normal average beer from ST. Yellow pour, pushes the orange envelope, clarity, looks like macro at times. Aroma, didn't really do anything for me.

Taste, like the aroma, seemed to be largely devoid of hops. With a name like extraordinary, I found this to be extremely pedestrian and average all around. Light hops, light, light, light everything, tasted like a "good" light beer, which is pretty much unacceptable for an apa, much less one made by the awesome ST. Pretty bland. I can get bland without spending this much for it.

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Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 37.7% out of 100 with 1,493 ratings
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