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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Added by wailingwench on 10-29-2004

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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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Photo of Gyle41386
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a golden color with a small white head.

Pretty balanced aroma. Some citrusy hops, but the malt bill makes itself known.

Balanced flavor, as well. Biscuity pale malt balances out any potential hop bitterness.

Medium body. Nice tingly carbonation. Nice smooth texture. This is a supremely drinkable beer. This seems like it would be an excellent gateway craft beer.

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

A- Bright golden yellow color with a one finger off white head. Head has some retention and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S- Fruity notes, some grapefruit from the hops and sugary malt to round it out.

T- Fruity up front like sweet grapefruit, kind of an unusual taste. Malt come in to round out the middle and tones down the sweetness some but doesn't kill it. Slight bite of hop bitterness at the end.

M- Medium to light in body with decent carbonation. Finish is not quite dry since the sweetness lingers.

D- An easy drinking summer beer no hint of the 5.6% ABV at all.

Not the classic take on a pale ale, but a decent effort with a sweet hop twist.

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Photo of drseamus
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Somewhere between darker straw and lighter amber. Think white head.

S: Nice light hop aroma. Nothing powerful, just a light citrus with some light malt behind.

T: Light hop bite rides on the front of a sweet malt wave. Not a bad taste, especially for a hot day, just kind of pedestrian.

M: Pretty light bodied.

D: Good hot day drinker. For that purpose, it gets a higher drinkability.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic.

pours a medium straw with no head a cap that cedes quickly to bubbles.

Aroma is fruity hops, and yeast. Malt is weak on the nose, but there. Piney, earthy hop aromas come through, but nothing to write home about.

Flavor is upfront fruity hops. Grapefruit rind and fruit cocktail. The hops are surprisingl;y fruity and there is not much bitterness beyond the aroma. Crackery breadiness in the middle finishing again with the fruity hops. The only beer I've ever had that matches this hop profile is the slam, when fresh.

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. Carbonation is adequate.

Quite drinkable and actually delicious, unfortunately light on the malt. But, I still think it's a great beer just for the hop flavor.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a brilliant clear gold with less than a finger of tight bubbled white head. Piney hop aroma with some biscuity malt. Plenty of hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied. Could use a little more malt. Lots of carbonation. Hops provide a drying finish. Very drinkable. A solid pale ale.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A--Very bubbly golden yellow color that only yields a little less than a finger of head even with a hard pour into a pint glass. Recedes fairly quickly but leaves some decent lacing on the glass

S--Mostly citrus hops with a floral bouquet in the background.

T--Taste is earthy hops at first but they quickly drop out leaving a malty backbone of bread and grains and very little bitterness. A little bit of those citric hops remain in the aftertaste although not much. There is enough flavor here to make this enjoyable but it is not really a style that smacks you in the face in the first place.

M--Thin but not watery, washed down very well with minimal aftertaste and bitterness

D--This is a good session beer, I would order it at a bar if I was drinking all night but as far as cracking one open at home it just does not have enough flavor to reach out for

If this was being rated against every beer I've ever tried I probably wouldn't give 3.5's on the smell and taste, but since it is a weak style in the first place I bumped it up slightly.

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

Appearance is a straw color, with carbonation showing. Lacing is good, and has a decent head.

Aroma: Citrus and hops mostly. I don't get much else from the aroma

Taste: Sweetish malts, and hops. Some citrus notes as well. Overall, its good. I wouldn't call it "extraordinary" though

Mouthfeel: Light, goes down well.

Drinkability: Taste is fine, goes down well. Works in this department. Not incredible, but its good

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.07/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

*from notes*

Bitter aroma with a nice scent of hops, like planted flowers. Color of Miller Lite, but a good color for this ale. Unfortunately it tastes like Miller Lite with better hops. Too watery, not enough of a pale ale taste. It is a good hot weather beer. Very refreshing. I can't get over the lack of taste. It doesn't stay with me at all. It's very close to water. I wouldn't say extraordinary. It's good though.

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Photo of DeepSix
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber, way lighter then I'm used for APAs. Decent head with some lacing though out

Had a light notice of citrus, with a little of left of malty sugar.

Continuing the trend, light on the hops and malt, and pretty much taste overall. Minor notes of some hops and a a bit of malt, but had I not known this was an ale, I'd think a macro light lager. Maybe that says I can't the taste between the two...or this is a poor APA.

And here is where we end, true to form this just doesn't feel like what it says. Low carbonation and watery if smooth finish.

Unfortunately I got a sixer of this and I knew I would be able to really dump it off on anybody so I bit the bullet. I won't be having this again, since anyplace that would have it on tap is bound to have a better beer on.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Clear, light straw-amber. Big white head with decent retention.

Smell- Fragrant, fruity hops, sweet malt, maybe some floral notes. Not a whole lot in the nose, overall.

Taste- Initially sweet with pale malt and fruit (apple?). Hop-bitterness and dry cereal grain come out a bit in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium, satisfying body. Good carbonation.

Drinkability- Not overly complex, but a highly refreshing beer that fits the style well, and would make for a good session beer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a mostly clear texture. Not much head, but decent lacing.

S: Had a sweet, malty quality. Citrusy.

T: Not as much like a an APA, but tasty. Sweet malt, citrus and some hops. Not the most complex taste, but decent.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and a dry, smooth finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer. As I said, it's not a typical APA, but it's still easy drink.

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Photo of brentk56
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a massive head (twas a gusher) with some nice lacing, too

Smell: Lemony citrus, with hints of Pine-Sol and cedar

Taste: Light malt flavor allows the hop bill to take prominence, but the hops are just not that tasty, with a lemony and cedary astringency that just gets worse after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I think I'll stick to Southern Tier's big beers

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Photo of dfillius
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extraordinary, eh?
A: Aggressive pour yields 3/4 finger white head with good retention. Clear gold liquid with a hint of orange.
S: Hops - orange and herbal, European (Saaz)? Bit of malt lurking, like the smell of rising bread.
T: Sweet cantaloupe melon taste without the weird aftertaste. Good hop bitterness to balance. Solid APA or ESB. No distracting or off flavors.
M: Velvety and clean. A tad oily and phlegmy.
D: Great. Two or three of these would be awesome. i like it a lot!

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

A - Pours a golden/copper with a thin white head that reduces to a thin ring leaving blotchy lacing down the glass.

S - Aroma of citrus and floral hops a little piney. Sweet malts follow it.

T - Like it smells. Good balance between the hops and malt with a touch of grains that follow.

M - Smooth and crisp, decently carbonated, light to medium bodied.

D - Good balance makes this easy to drink. Could have a few more.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clear golden with a minuscule white head.

S - Sugary, slightly malty with a bit of wheatiness.

T - Grainy, sort of very faintly citrusy, a more complex macro light beer sort of flavor. It's just sort of a weak all around beer. Would absolutely never have again. D--- ebayer.

M - Watery, just above Busch Light in terms of thickness, medium/low carbonation.

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Photo of woodske1
2.24/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is probably Southern Tiers worst beer.

I love their other beers, but they missed the boat here. Make some more Pumpking, IPAs, or Imperials, don't even waste your time with this one. I never see people drinking it, and when they do they say they don't like it nearly as much as their other offerings.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. It pours a crystal-clear gold, with medium carbonation and an inch of off-white head that leaves patches of lace all the way down. Juicy citrus in the nose, but a bit one-sided. On the palate, herbal and minty hops make way for tangerine and leafy notes, a mild bitterness and a hint of malts on top of a lightish, dry body that leaves a light finish. Not very complex, but it's a refreshing, easily sessionable pale ale.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear pale bronze-yellow with a small white cap. Some decent lace sticks to the glass, but this looks pretty unimpressive.

S - Pilser-esque spicy hops and a noticeable lack of a good malt base. I honestly thought that this might be a pilsener, until I saw "ale" on the label.

T - Thin acrid hops that seem out of place in a pale ale. This has a Heineken-like funk to it that I don't at all care for. Not a terrible brew, but way off base in terms of style.

M - Light in body and overcarbonated. This is crisp and refreshing, but otherwise not all that great.

D - A decent beer with hints of something that is way out of place, namely noble hops. This isn't a bad beer in it's own right, but it's not very good for a pale ale.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dak orange body supports one and one-half fingers of off-white head; nice lacing and duration. Hopped-up nose, but malty as well, with fruity and bitter aromas mixing with roasted caramel and dark chocolate malt. These smells permeate the taste, which is remarkably balanced between malt and hops. A bit of berry sneaks in halfway through. The hops taste is more bitter than sweet, but not overly bitter. Smooth texture with a good hops bitter bite at the end, Phin and Matt's is damn good APA.

Yet again, Southern Tier has produced a terrific beer. Phin and Matt's isn't the most complex APA, but it's very well done, is balanced and flavorful, and without glaring weaknesses. Southern Tier consistently makes beer that is at worst good--with Tripel as the only negative outlier in my experiences.

Very good.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Pours dark gold with a nice, long lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is sweet citrus hops.

Taste is sweet malt, subdued citrus hops, with a mild bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, moderate, sharp carbonation.

Nice drinkable take on the style.

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Photo of discovolante65
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Phinally bit the bullet and grabbed a 12oz of this stuff.

Poured into an ST tulip, what else? Light Strawberry-blond color with a 1-1/2 inch head that has big fat sticky pillows of foam. This dissipated to a small sticky collar of lacing fairly shortly.
Might be the glass, but I had a swirling vortex of carbonation right in the middle of the glass floating to the surface the entire time I drank it. awesome.

Smells like hops, soil and flowers. Something fruity there as well, kiwi-ish smell.

Taste - Just an extraordinary balance of Hops, Malt, and honey to finish. No bitters in the aftertaste, honey lingers a bit on the end.

Mouthfeel - carbonation with a light/thin feeling. absolutely refreshing. watery, but not in a bad way.

Drinkability- I could knock back six of these and want more. I did not expect to like this. Maybe I was in the mood for a light, refreshing taste tonight, but this one hit the spot and made me happy.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light see-through straw color. Obnoxiously huge, white, angry foaming head. Took three pours to get it all in the glass. Leaves icebergs of foam floating in a sea of foam with stalactites of foam hanging from the glass. Lacing so thick I could see cave drawings in it.

Strong citrus and tropical fruit hop smell. More piney as it warms with a brief caramel malt interlude.

Tastes of strong citrus hops beating up some poor, thick, sweet malt. Far from balanced. More balanced and piney as it warms but still hop domination. Heavy, fizzy mouthfeel.

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Photo of grs8313
2.92/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 12oz bottle with no best by or bottling date. Pours a golden straw color with very little foam, more of a fizz really. Some fish eyes surface.

Smell: Malts, hops, grass clippings, and honey.

Taste: Malts, hops, honey. This beer tastes like a wheat beer, or as if rice was used when making it.

Mouthfeel: Thin, very fizzy, and watery, the beer leaves the mouth feeling clean.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, I almost forgot I was drinking beer, it could have club soda. Not my idea of an extraordinary ale.

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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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