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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 mralphabet
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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 -13.3%
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 -13.3%
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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Photo of millah
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Beer Geek Christmas tonight -- woo-hoo! Christmas early! This poured an orangish-amber (work with me here...color-blind) with a nice white head. Head dissipated fairly quickly but nice lacing throughout the drink. Light citrusy smell followed by a nice balance between malt and hops. Good carbonation, maybe a little on the watery side. Overall, a nice beer with a good balance of malt and hops.

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Photo of billab914
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My mom Picked up a Southern Tier mix pack of pales for me for when I came home for the Thanksgiving holiday. This is the first of four beers I will be reviewing out of that pack.

Poured into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Poured a light amber orange color. Poured with a nice white foamy head that quickly disappeared into a small ring around the edge of the glass. Very nice lacing on the glass as I drank this one.

Aroma is slightly citrusy and hoppy with a little malt. Taste is moderately hoppy and tangy. A little maltiness and some bitterness at the end.

Drinkability is very good, this is something I could see myself substituting for any macro beer when drinking more then a few with macro drinkers. Nothing over the top with taste but enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this after the standard ST Pale.

A: A shade lighter than the standard ST Pale. Orange w/ yellow hues. Good carbonation. Strong white head that lingers at a 1/2 inch.

S: Not a ton of aroma. I get some faint grapefruit notes w/ a hint of peach. Slightly grassy. Mild sweetness.

T: Reasonable flavors, with fruity, mildly citrusy hops. Tangeine is the most prominent citrus component. Malts are light and honey-sweet. No significant caramel character here. Bitterness is light with a hint of grapefruit.

M: Light bodied. Slightly watery at times. Finishes a bit sticky.

D: A pretty average to slightly above average pale. Not nearly as good as the standard ST Pale. Not one I'll seek out, but I wouldn't turn it away.

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Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - translucent golden wheat in color, with a smallish white head that recedes rather quickly

S - Malts and some citrus, nothing too special

T - Sweet malts are the backbone of this beers flavor, with some hops as well. A little orange and lemon in the mix too.

M - Average, what can I say? It's properly carbonated.

D - I would drink this again, and its very sessionable. However, even ST has better offerings than this.

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Photo of josefnewsong
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this straight from the bottle without appropriate glassware which is odd for me...I've come to realize that any beer that touts the words "extraordinary" or "divine" in the title or anything of the sort tend to be anything but. This was good, but not great. Kind of watery and not hoppy enough for me as far as pale ales go. Still it was crisp and fairly drinkable.

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Photo of Lambstrong
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale golden color. Not much of a head. Small beads of lacing.

Aroma: Slight grainy aroma. Picked up on some citrus notes.

Taste: Nicely balanced between roasted malts and hops. One doesn't overwhelm the other. I was surprised I didn't pick up on those traits in the aroma. Grapefruit notes. I really liked the way this beer came together.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated. Feels light on the tongue.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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 deaconoflove
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

ap. Pours a nice golden color with some amber tones. A huge frothy off-white head that lingers a while. Nice lacing also.
sm. Strong citris/hops/lemon smell. Pretty tangy.
ta. Immediate hint of caramel that quickly was overtaken by tart, tart, tart lemon.
mf. clean and sharp, needs a little mellowing.
dr. An okay brew, but something in the smell and taste is off-putting to me.

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Photo of Tone
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper/golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, slight citrus, slight pine, and sweet malt background. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, slight pine, citrus (lemon), sweet malt, and slight caramel. Overall, a really good blend, but only average mouth feel.

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Photo of rowew
2.16/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, nice looking label. No date or ABV I could find.

Appearance: Slight haze and golden color, thin head but nice retention.

Smell: Slight sour note, and not in an appealing way. Some bready malt, and just a hint of floral hops.

Taste: I'm starting to think this may have been an old bottle, but without a date who can tell - so I'm reviewing it anyways. There is definitely a sour note to this - and it overpowers whatever flavors may be in there.

Overall impression: This beer is either past its prime, or just not good. Its still mildly drinkable, but there is an unpleasant sour note that takes away from whatever base flavors this beer has.

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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 TheFightfan1
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a very thick white heading. Leaves some lacing ring's aound the glass.

Smell is all biscuit,also a soggy bread aroma,with a very slight hoppy presence that peaks towards the end.

Taste hits you with a sourdough bread. It is soon replaced by a slight stinging hoppiness but again is overmatched by the sourness.

Mouth is smooth and doughy a slight film in the mouth I guess do to the bittering hops. Light bodied and good retention.

Drink is decent but this seems to have some off flavors to me.

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Photo of burner
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- picked up a bottle from the perfect pour in maryland. it poured a dark gold,with just a hint of red.it had no head to speak of.

S- i liked the smell,it was a mild but bright floral scent with a hint of citrus.

T- the taste matched with the scent. i tasted more citrus on the tongue. grapefruit and a slight hint of biscuit.

M- had a good mouthfeel. the slight carbonation was refreshing and it left a slight tingle in my mouth.

D- this was a very good drinker. it was balanced very well. from the citrus scent and flavor, to the medium carbonation. this beer did not have a lot of alchohol, so u feel like you can drink more than one.

overall, i really enjoyed this a.p.a. i look forward to the next!

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

pours a semi-clear orange with a very small white head, and some lacing.

smell is of sweet grain, some floral, hops, a touch of citrus, and malt.

taste is of grain, sour malt, corn, a sweetness in the back, and corn-nuts, ends thick yet dry and a little bitter.

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

A: Poured a slightly tinted orange hue color with some head and no lacing found on the pint glass.

S: Little pine action mixed in with some slight citrus in the form of lemon.

T: Crisp and refreshing, some hop action involved to make things interesting, but nothing over the top. Good clean APA to please the most stubborn palate, is this beer in a nutshell.

M: Light in body, great carbonation, ABV undetectable.

D: Good drinkability, just not great. Though this is one of my favorite APA out there. ST to me, never fails...

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Photo of penguinjive7
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter mahogany with very little head to speak of and no lacing. The smell is of caramel and biscuity malt with a bit of a floral hop scent. The taste is as the smell but with an added element of citrus in the finish. The flavor is quite balanced between hops and malt with neither really drawing the attention or interacting in any special way.

Overall this is a fairly average brew. Decent enough but definitely not "extraordinary." Basic flavors and a week presence in mouthfeel make this a nice one to grab just to have a decent brew, but not anything to write home about.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Piraat glass. Part of the Southern Tier "Pack of Pales"...neat idea.

Pours a copper color with a thin head resting on top. Decent lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smells of malts (biscuit, oats), and hops (citrus, pine). There is a bit of a bubblegum-ish aroma here...fruity, for sure. Smells decently balanced...but I'm not entirely convinced of its "extraordinary" status from the smell alone.

Taste is pretty well balanced, but thin. There are some decent hoppy notes up front, with a cracker-like finish. There is a bit of a metallic tinge to the beer, which isn't necessarily a bad thing...though here, it gives the beer a bit of an off flavor. The flavor is lacking something in the middle...it's strong up front, and has an interesting finish, but there isn't anything substantial on the tongue to keep it around and make me want to drink more.

Overall, this is a drinkable beer...and has a decent flavor balance, but lacks in significant mouthfeel and doesn't contain anything really memorable.

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Photo of cokes
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brassy yellow and just a tad hazy with a lowlying white head that retreats with haste and leaves moderate lace.
Lemongrass (or lemon oil and grass) aroma, spiked with pepper, with some sweetbread backbone.
Cracker-like and dry as it is issued into the mouth. Lemon and lime rinds add a bit of sweettart interplay. It fluffs out breadier by the middle. Peppery hops dot the close, with a reintroduction to some of the earlier citric hues.
Light-medium bodied. The carbonation stays moderate throughout. It doesn't set itself apart in a sea of pale ales, but it's a decent quaff.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle cracked in anticipation of the OSU-USC game in 2009. The beer is clear (maybe chill hazed), an amber shade of yellow, with a thin but durable wet foam of spitty consistency. The smell is kind of muted, what I can get mostly is bready or pepper-cracker, maybe just a little light citrus. The taste is about the same, a lot of bready malts with a touch of bitterness, really a good combination for an APA. Good carbonation gives a peppery mouthfeel, overall this is solid as a ST beer should be but not really extraordinary.

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Photo of m1ked
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Visiting my old stomping grounds in Buffalo NY @ Colter Bay

A- pours a clear coppery bright orange. Minimal white head that transforms into a wisp of nothing. Few bubbly streamers.

S- Not much here for me. Light biscuity grains. Little caramel notes. Boring really.

T- similar to the nose. Biscuity malty caramel, some hops bitterness at the tail end. Nothing special here.
M- Good enough carbonation. Mouthfeel.... its like you don't even notice it.

D- Easy to drink, not going to take your tastebuds on any wild rides. Just staight forward beer. Maybe a good "bridge" beer for the non crafty's. This beer is kind of a wall flower...solid, not bad, but forgettable.

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Photo of Buebie
2.62/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a semi hazy golden orange from a brown bottle into a pub glass. Smallish less then an inch of head forms off a rigorous pour. Bits of lace rings line the glass.

Aroma is a bit off though, and leads the way for my dislike towards this brew. It smells of some mild cereal grains, brown suger sweetness mixing with a dab of caramel. But there is an off aroma in there for me. I though it was just maybe the first bottle, but its been this way for the whole six pack. It smells like rotting sour apples. Some mild hops in there, but really not much from hops in aroma.

Taste is fairly decent upfront with plenty of malty sweetness, cereal grains, bittering hops. Its a decent apa in flavor. However just smidge of that off aroma leaks into flavor and its around the middle before the swallow...sour apples.
Returning into the linger with an apple juice taste. Not appealing to me one bit and really turns me off to this one.

Mouthfeel is good for the style and carbonation bite is kept at bay, making this a solid feeling brew.

Had it not been for those off flavors I'd be rateing this much higher. I wont be drinking this one again.

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Photo of corby112
2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with slight yellowish hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger foamy white head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Very faint floral hop aroma with some citrus notes and a caramel malt backbone. Very bland.

Once again the flavor is bland and uninspiring. Watered down and thin bodied with subtle floral and citrus hops and a caramel malt backbone. This beer is well balanced but is pretty boring with not much interesting going on. The hops are not very bitter and only have a slight touch of citrus fruit. A pretty drinkable session beer but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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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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