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 beerwolf77
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my glass this beer is clear yellow with almost no head. After a large gulp there's a nice layer of sticky lace all around the glass. The aroma is very pleasant. Sweet caramel malt and a kiss of hops. A faint orange fruit aroma is detectable as well. The flavor is malt right off the bat. With a fresh hop bite that comes in and really livens things up. They balance eachother nicely battling for my tastebuds attention. There's a slight peach aftertaste that sneaks up at the last second. This seems light bodied to me. Fairly light and crisp. A good amount of carbonation helps firm thing up. This is a good clean APA that I could see buying a sixer of.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle. No real head to speak of. Thin lacing in the glass with okay amount of carbonation. Faint taste of orange some mint like undertones. Very little smell faint hops. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of hdofu
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An ok beer but hardly extraordinary. Smell is good I will give it that as it is a nice hoppy odor. Appearance is kind of blah a golden color with a white foamy head. Taste was a let down as it tasted to metallic and not enough hops for what I was smelling. Also it was a pretty light and sudsy brew. Overall it has decent drinkabilty. Not a bad beer but by no means but extraordinary? I think not

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Photo of goblue3509
2.92/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very light yellow color with i small head. The smell is of malt and citrusy hops. The taste is a roasted malt with a citrus hop to balance it out. The taste is a little bitter but in a bad way and leaves a little bit of an aftertaste that is not good. The mouthfeel is very smooth with moderate carbonation. The overall drinkability is okay, you could drink a lot but the after taste would bring you back down a little.

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Photo of capra12
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed solo @ Rattle n Hum on 7/24/09,

Appearance: Light and tan colored like a pale ale should be, low head retention.

Smell: Light aroma profile with hops and hints of citrus.

Taste: Opens mellow with subtle hops. Malts and citrus introduce themselve in the middle as the hop take over to finish the beer.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, and pleasant leaving no hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability: I would have another if I wanted to stay sober for the rest of the night.

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Photo of birchstick
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - nice head and golden appearance that is made more attractive by a lot of lacing.

S - Smells of light citrus hops and some lemon. The nose is pretty faint.

T - some toasted malts blends nicely with some light citrus hops. Nothing overly complex, but it is pretty good. The malt and hop work balance each other nicely. Pretty good.

M - smooth and slick...goes down easily

D - this is a pretty good pale ale. Maybe not as extraordinary as it claims to be, but pretty decent.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden straw and amber sunbust tones. Light head but decent lacing.

S: Piney and Citrusy hops with a lightly roasted malt note.

T: Balanced hopyness and maltiness. Citrusy hops and bitter roasted matls.

M: Light bodies, ok carbonation.

D: Decent drinker, but nothing stands out. Could have used a little more os something

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: Poured a light orange-yellow, amber color with a thin fizzy head of white carbonation. Lacing is nearly nonexistent.

S: Smells a little funky, like funky citrusmint Orbit gum. Hop zestiness is on the musty side.

T: Taste is pungent bitter grapefruit at first, but the sensation is fleeting, leaving a lightly toasted caramel and cereal malt flavor in your mouth. This subsides into a light, watery, almost skunked aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is light, crisp, a bit watery and slightly astringent.

D: I didn't really enjoy this APA and didn't go near the other two that came in the mix pack. I wasn't sorry I tried it, but I'd be sorry if I went and bought a 6-pack of this.

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Photo of Jayli
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy burnt orange color with a pretty tight thin head, more of a film to it. No lacing to speak of. Nose is toasted malts, biscuit, hops and a bit of orange. Taste is pretty inline with the nose - hop flavoring hits up front, moving in to a very doughy/biscuit taste, then the orange hits you and finishes with light toasted malts. Medium bodied beer, light to medium carbonation, goes down with a slick feel and finishes dry. Overall, it's a decent beer with good drinkability but there isn't much that stands out.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pale poured a straight gold color with a very slight haze, but otherwise pretty clear. It had a small, weak head. However, the head lasted well and left nice ringed lacing.

Primary aroma is hops, with orange zest, and both attributes come through on the tongue as the primary flavors. It's also crisp on the tongue, with a touch grain.

Drinkability is good, it's quenching. This is a decent pale ale that sports a summer IPA personality. Won't turn heads, but can be satisfying as a thirst quencher.

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Photo of Norfawkers
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Maybe we got a bad batch of this beer but the only thing extraordinary about this ale is that it smells like an olive but it tastes like the dirt it was grown in.

Appearance: Pale golden with sufficient head

Smell: Olives, earthy

Taste: Malty and earthy with overtones of mushroom and funk; dirt-like finish

Mouthfeel: Smooth but lingering funk

Drinkability: Not as extraordinary as the label would have you believe.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large pillow top head. Fluffy head and hazy,orange color.

The aroma of floral hops,grapefruit,lemon and yeast.

The taste of hops,malts,citrus notes and sweet lemon.
The feel is light,smooth and low carbonation.

Notes: A decent brew for a BBQ or just for sessions.

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Photo of Vancer
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The 12oz bottle pours a semi-hazy golden yellow, small white head in the ol' Corsendonk tulip. Aroma got my attention with the sharp and crisp citrus hops kicking.

Subtle hints of the hops in the quaff, bits of orange and grapefruit, albeit lightly dance about the glass. Semi-woody and resinous also.

A cross between an IPA and a English pale ale, it didn't do much for me. An OK brew, but I'll pass on another six pack.

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Photo of spointon
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a fairly cloudy orange gold color with a 1.5" white soapy head. The head showed some nice retention and left lots of sticky lace down my glass.

S= The aroma showed some nice juicy and fresh hops, complete with floral notes, citrus and a hint of pine. The malts were a bit doughy but balanced the hops nicely.

T= Well balanced, with the malt laying down a base that the hops covered but didn't entirely overwhelm. Some caramel and brown sugar qualities to the malts. The hops gave a modest bitterness and a definite floral and fruity taste to the beer. Finished just modestly dry with a pleasant hop aftertaste.

MF= Light to medium bodied, with a modest and perfect carbonation feel.

D= A very nice pale ale here. Had enough balance to make it sessionable and tasted good enough to make you want to do just that!

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Photo of BeerTaster
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance pretty good amber and a bit coludy nice white half inch head.

Smell hops pinny and zesty

Taste nice malt backbone with hoppy floral and a nice hop finish

Mouthfeel lite in body and a nice dry finish

Drinkability solid all around beer I could make this a regular in my fridg

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Photo of Kraken
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 5/24/09

Poured from a standard 12 oz bottle into a Floreffe Chalice. Firm pour yields a 1/8 inch head of white head that fizzles out quickly. Some spotty lace. Color is a perfectly clear copper amber.

Nose- Notes of vanilla, followed by an immediate and very floral bouquet of hops. Serious orange and lemon citrus. Some spicy notes of pine. Hints of caramel. Very nice.

Palate- Very enjoyable. Some notes of caramel, very mild hop profile. Plenty of orange, and tangerine. Nice bitterness in the finish. Very tasty and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel- Very active, dry

Drinkability- great. Easy to drink, and moderately interesting.

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Photo of dan4th
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bright and hoppy, this is exactly what i'd expect from an American Pale Ale. I question the name extraordinary, since it does nothing to stand out in the style. The head is thick and creamy, but dissipates quickly. Color is bright gold and inviting. Nearly no aroma to speak of, a faint hops scent but weaker than the flavor warrants. Acceptable, but wouldn't seek out.

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Photo of tj4288
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into small mug

suggested by a relative that has opposite taste as me, so my expectations were very very low.
a very average ale, slightly bitter but very enjoyable and refreshing, great drinkability and mouthfeel. this is a beer i huess i would buy again, right price and decent overall.

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Photo of greg202stewart
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this beer from a Southern Tier mix-pack. Pours a light orange with a decent thick head that fades quickly. Smells like hops and citrus. The taste is sort of boring, plain old pale ale with not much other flavor going on. Overall this beer had a good flavor, just kind of plain and boring

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Photo of tigg924
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, gold, and clear

Smell: smells like a hop bomb--with grapefruit..small small trace of malts

Taste: way more balanced than the smell. some grapefruit, malts, a biter of sweet fruit--almost like a dry white wine

Mouthfeel: light, mix of sweet and bitter, smooth

Drinkability: There just is not a lot of taste going on here. It is way light for what I have sampled in the style. I might have it again, but will not reach for it.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely moderately hoppy flavor for this style. Nice lacing. Aroma was consistent with the taste. A little caramel under the hop when lingered tonguely. Overall a very nice brew. I believe this to be my first beer from this brewer. Would like to have had this one from the tap, but it was nice just the same.

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Photo of MLasoski
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a pint glass, with a very thin head. The body of the beer is slightly foggy, which is a thumbs up for me considering I enjoy unfilterd beers. From looking at the title, I expected something to really impress me; however, that did not happen. But all things considered, this was a very good ale. I would not vote against it. It has a sweet, hoppy aroma with a moderately hoppy taste, which shouldn't offend anyone's taste buds. I would most likely buy this again in the future.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at the Beer Stop for $1.75 and poured into my shaker glass. Appears a clear golden yellow color with about a finger of tight bone white head. Smells and tastes of lightly toasted grains, grassy, earthy hops, and hints of citrus fruits such as lemon and grapefruit. A bit thin bodied, but amply carbonated. A decent warm weather quencher.

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Photo of selecter70
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first letdown for a Southern Tier...Not horrible, just not "extraordinary"(Sorry Phin, Matt). Decent ale with cider hints.
The pour is clear yellow that hazes up a bit, promising some interesting quality. However, the minimal head disappears, no lace retains & the yellow-brown beer, sits flat and un-interesting.
Lackluster in appearance leads to such in aroma & flavor. Mild grains & toasted malts prevail with minimal hops to the nose, while the flavor is a clean, crisp grain-with apple cider malt taste.
Definitely clean & crisp, just not what I expected.

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Photo of oldhippie247
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very clear with a light yellow-gold hue. From a distance this could easily be mistaken for a lesser beer from the Big 3.

Aromas are rather muted with mild hop notes.

Mouthfeel and flavors are fairly thin and less than impressive. Overall I would only recommend this for hot summer days as a half-step up from macro session beers.

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