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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of cpetrone84
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear, pale golden colored beer with a thick white head that lingers for a good bit and leaves a nice web like lacing all over the glass

S-the nose is faint but on the point. A light pale malt up front, a touch of grain, floral and citrus hops towards the back, grapefruit and mango

T-lots of pale malts and grain in the taste, the hops fade to the back bringing a light citrusy sweetness with grapefruit and a touch of orange peel, these are accompanied by more grainy, phenol tastes. A light bitterness at the back.

M-very smooth and solid lighter medium body. Very clean on the palate, high level of carbonation bringing a crisp finish

D-easy drinker here, decent flavors albeit kind of faint. Definitely goes down smooth; but the bitterness and phenols at the finish detract from the overall drinkability

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Photo of ujsplace
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pub glass.

Bright orange with a big fluffy white head. Nice sticky lacing.

Mildly bitter hops, yeasty...

Tastes of herbal hops and has a bready flavor .

Crisp, easy going light mouthfeel

This is a nice drinkable brew. Would be popular in the summer time. Nothing too persuasive one way or the other, just a good solid brew.

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Photo of magine
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a orange color with near whith head that is decent and leaves good lace. Head fades to a lacy island.

Brew smells of bisquit, floral hops. Has a subtle smell.

The brew tastes crisp, has a slight bisquit floral (earthy) taste. Brew finishes smooth, crisp. Has a easy drinking flavor and taste.

This would be a easy drinking brew that would be good to bring to a party. This brew would not offend anyone. This brew is a decent and drinkable, good - just not great.

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Photo of brownbeer
2.99/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle poured with a lot of foam, old bottle perhaps. Yeah, it's way over-conditioned, the head looks like mousse.

Aroma and taste of fresh grain and cascade hops. It's over priced and under qualified. I'll pass on this and have a Sierra Pale instead. Thanks.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I find this beer disappointing - it is too light, slightly too cider-like to be satisfying to me.

Pours clear orangy with lively carbonation producing a short-lived head. The aroma is cidery and a little thin, though some citrusy hops peer out as the beer opens. The aroma is flowery and little citrusy, with a cider-like character. But the effect is weak and disappointing. The mouthfeel is thin. This would be a perfectly adequate beer for a hot day, but nothing to get the tongue excited.

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Photo of Bighuge
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale, hazed deep sunny hue. Slow carbonation is noted. And an airy white head of decent size sits on top. Lace clings to the walls of the glass like it's holding on for dear life. The aroma is citric and grapefruity. Flavor is mellow without anything really making an impression. Soft malt qualities mixed with light citrus. Easy going mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Average all around.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.33 for a 12oz bottle from Festival Foods in Manitowoc, WI. Poured into a pint glass to review.

3/4 inch rocky head that is white in color. Transparent with good carbonation and a a yellowish hay color. Very minimal retention. Some mild lacing.

Pale, biscuity malts and leafy, citrusy hops in nice balance with one another.

Taste is somewhat mild, yet certainly very clean and refreshing. Citrusy hops and biscuity malts in nice balance.

Light to medium body with pleasant carbonation give to a crisp, clean finish.

Very drinkable and would be a fine accompaniment to an outdoor summer activity.

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Photo of HugePlume
2.51/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Nice brass hue. Average lacing and head. Many large bubbles that rise quickly.

S- Confusing and indistinct hop and malt flavors. Hard to pin down what your nose picks up at any one time. A synthetic orange dominates, with a weak malty essence also breaking through.

T- Taste is well rounded and pleasant. Indistinct fruitiness dominates. Carbonation distracts from other flavors.

M- Watery feel, with too much carbonation.

D- Again way too much carbonation, it distracts from the other average qualities of the ale.

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Photo of animalchin
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear burnt orange. Head disappears pretty fast.

S - A lot of malt - almost a sort of batter-like deal going on.

T - A little grainy, plus that batter thing happening again - like dough of bread. Bitter malts with little hop.

M - A little fluff and foam, travels pretty easy.

D - Not bad. I've had better from Southern Tier, especially from this "Pack of Pales" I reviewed this weekend. It's certainly a creative and interesting take on an APA.

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Photo of skinny0ne
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

It pours with a thick and creamy head. Lots of lacing. The color is a very crisp amber. Perhaps a bit too fizzy. The aroma is weak with boiled hops. The brew is a bit too sweet with malt upfront. The hops peek in the middle and are a bit present in the finish. The hops get a bit better when the beer gets slightly warmer. Really, a very plain pale ale. Slightly too sweet for my tastes. But nothing off putting either. A decent session beer and a slight step up from a middling macrobrew.

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Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I seriously have to thank my favourite bottleshop once again for venturing out and finding new brews many thanks to adam,joel and bernie,this brew pours a light amber hue with average carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing half finger head and no lacing at all,the aroma is sweet boiled candy,passionfruit and some citrus aswell,it has a nice mouthfeel which is neither thick nor thin and easily slides down with tastes of passionfruit,boiled candy and a little hint of lime,overall i really like this brew and could drink it all night.

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

nice pancake batter head lacing and foaming atop a deep straw sea of clarity. looks great so far.

smell is essentially what i expect from an APA, but this seems more florally sweet in a nice way, the usual citrus/grapefruitiness, but no sense of camphor that i get in alot of the powerful hopbombs.

the taste comes across much much lighter than expected, but it's rather refreshing. much more bready/biscuity. mouthfeel initially comes across with the carbonation, but flattens out a bit. a little bitter finish that i like, but would like some sustaining power. one of those here it is, now it's gone. not a bad thing at all, but something is missing. it's not a matter of's not dull at all. very drinkable. seems like a lesser ABV brew. a summer light APA for sure.

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Photo of Mardukk
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with very limited white head with very little lacing.

A nice hop smell with a touch of malt.

The taste has the American Pale Ale taste down as citrus hops dominate. A hint of sweet malt attempts to help balance the hop dominated taste. Overall, the hop profile seems kind of rough and not well balanced.

The mouthfell is very thin, too thin, with medium carbonation. This is fairly drinkable due to the light body although the rough hop flavor detracts.

This is an average to below average American Pale Ale due to the thin body and weak malt just doesn't taste seem to be a very high quality ale.

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Photo of Brenden
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes are from yesterday at Daddy-Oh's.

This ones a dark golden color with some deeper coppery hues. A soft white head pours out, settling to one finger, extremely thick and rocky. It settles further as I drink, but never completely fades. Thin but persistent rings are left progressively down the glass.
There's a bready malt up front with a whiff of hops. Also present is citrus and a zesty bitter rind aroma. It's not as strong as the flavor by any means.
I was pleasantly surprised by the fair abundance of hops that hit my tongue. Fortunately, the hops flavor is much more prevalent than the nose would lead me to believe. It's not especially complex but just enough, with a sturdy malt balance complemented by citrus, grains, and rind zest.
There's enough bite to keep this brew interesting enough, with a somewhat redeeming smoothness coming through at the end of the sip. Body is medium.
I could have a few of these at a time. Solid.

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Photo of cagocubs
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice darker gold with a fluffy white head. Head retains a while and leaves great lacing on the glass. Splotches of the head remain throughout.

S: Nice wheat, grain smell. Some sweetness and hops. Well balanced nose.

T: Good hops initially with some of the neutral wheat tastes afterwords.

M: Good mouth coating, light body, crisp, and good carbonation.

D: I will def. be seeking this out for a session.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a pint glass of this from the bottle.

A-thin white head, gold body.

S-grain smell and a floral hop aroma.

T-piney, nice cereal malt and floral hop balance


D-great tasting, sessionable beer. would have this again. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There was not much for head what was there went away fast and left just a little island in the middle. It has a great full hop aroma. The taste is slightly bitter at first a little bit piney and beany. The body is thin with some great carbonation. It has a grassy and dark brass colored body.

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Photo of BigMike
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: Poured into a tulip glass. A golden orange color. Clear with small bubbles. Head is pretty thin and white. About a half a pinkies worth. Stick pretty well to the glass.

SMELL: The nose is pretty faint. A touch of citrus and also some grainy aromas. I can't get much else out of it.

TASTE: I'm still looking for it. Hold on a sec...ok. I get a small amount of some bitterness from the hops and a small amount of caramel sweetness. I mean a real small amount. This beer has almost no distinguishing flavors at all.

MOUTHFEEL: Is average. It's pretty smooth and goes down easily.

DRINKABILITY: As far as being able to drink. It's not bad. I mean theres nothing notably wrong with this beer other then the fact that it has no smell or flavor. This is not something i would waste my time drinking again. It's called an extraordinary ale. Why?

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA perfect pint

Appearance: Again, this beer is on the flat side with very little head yielded from an agressive pour. Light brown/orange in color.

Smell: Smells nice and hoppy. Fresh citrus hops come through with mild pine in the background.

Taste: Nice malty backbone to balance out the hops. Tastes flat as the regular series of southern tier has been with me. Nice piney citrusy hopys. Finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: Pretty flat imo. Needs more carbonation. Nice weight on this beer. Not as fresh as i would like it.

Drinkability: A solid effort. Nothing spectacular. More hops than your regular APA. Very similar to their IPA with just a touch more carbonation so i like this one better.

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Photo of cudmud
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer has a weak straw color, is very light on head, and has a steady stream of bubbles. Overall, the appearance is more like a lagar than an ale.

Smell: This brew has a pleasant hop aroma, but I don't detect any malt or yeast.

Taste: This beer is hilighted by the hops in the flavor. As with the smell, hops are all I detect with the flavor.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This beer feels good in the mouth. The carbonation is correct for the style. Drinkability is good; you could drink a few of these while watching sports on T.V.

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Photo of adamette
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor for $1.66 as a single a few weeks ago into my Dark Horse Brewing Company pint glass. This review is a long time coming since I have had so many other Southern Tier beers and even visited the brewery.

A Really basic looking yellow brown translucent body under a one inch creamy head that dissipated down to a thin layer within 2 minutes. 3.0

S Minimal hops, minimal sweetness and a swipe of barley husks. The smell lacks interest for me. 2.5

T My nose leads me in the right directions here. The minimal hops and barley husks are there but replacing the whisp of sweetness is a kind of dank, damp basement funk of bitterness. It is not a strong bitterness but just kind of hangs out there. This is a rather forgettable APA. 3.0

M Thin, true to the style and boring. 3.0

D Good, which is also true to the style but this is rather forgettable. 4.0

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Photo of almychristopher
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this beer pours a nice clear golden color with a billowy off white head that's clinging to the sides of the glass nicely. there's a nice bit of citrus hop in the nose as well as some sweetness from the malt. the taste follows with a goodly bit of sweet malt up front and the promised hop bite at the end. a very smooth drink, highly drinkable.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into pint glass

A: Pours a light amber color clear with less than a fingers worth of head that dissipated quickly nice lacing.

S: I'm getting citrus hops and maybe a little malt but mainly hops...

T: The Citrus hops hits right up front then fade a little... there is just a hint of malts.... Not a lot. Pretty straight forward Simple not over bearing Pale Ale.

M: Pretty light bodied but smooth, not overly carbonated.

D: This is a pretty mild pale ale, good session beer.

I'm not a Hop lover and this one hits the mark for me.... the hops are there but don't over power everything.... Worth a shot... go give it a try.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/27/2009. Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a small ring of white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, crystal malt. dark fruits and raisin. Flavor is very similar with sweet, grainy malt, some dark fruits. Ok, drinkable, but boring.

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Photo of beer2day
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours gold with very faint orange hues. Good 2-finger head with excellent body. Laces well and good head retention.

Nose presents some very weak citrus and that's about it. A little bread body backs up the citrus, though.

Hits very tart and slightly dry. Grows sweeter mid pallate, but finishes dry. There is a fizziness present that is just a bit annoying and some slight clove presence in the finish that I'm not anticipating.

Feel is alright, but not creamy enough for the style. The fizzy quality just puts me off.

Easy enough to drink, but really not worth the effort.

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Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 1,493 ratings.
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