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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint Glass, the liquid is a semi cloudy gold with ok carbonation. The head is small white and leaves a little lace.

The smell is real nice big and hopy, mostly floral.

The taste follows but not quite as nice, a strange flower note on the front end and it could use some more malt. But fitting, is the Name "Extraordinary" so that said not too bad.

The mouthfeel is ok, nothing Extra out of the Ordinary.

The drinkability is ok, not a great brew but worth a try it is diferent. MK

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

Pours a clouded golden brown with a big off-white head off a very aggressive pour that falls rather quickly. Nose is a typical citrus hop. Flavor is smoothly and mildly sweet with an even and not overpowering hop presence. Feel is nice. Good level of bubble on the tongue with a nice liquid feel. Drinkable yes. For being labeled an extraordinary ale, I don't find this one as such. It is still pretty good though and worth trying. (and very quaffable)

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extraordinary? I don't know about that. I suppose that this was the brewery's first shot at a change in their nomenclature scheme of "Porter" and "IPA" and "Pilsner".
Not too shabby, though. I do suspect that this sample has a bit more age on it than is ideal but it was stored in the refrigerated section of the store. It pours a color that is more along the lines of a pilsner than a pale ale; slightly deep yellow gold but missing out on amber. The head and lacing are both generous.
Scents are alllmost really there. Some pretty good hop aromas with underlying malt sweetness... a bit more freshness or maybe tapped from a keg and this would be more thrilling.
Flavors are are in good balance. Some would probably prefer the volume to be turned up here but I could see this going over pretty well to those who aren't hopheads or beer geeks. Similar things are going on here as in Sam Adams Boston lager and Brooklyn lager but with more of a smoothness.
Pretty nice stuff. Would go well with most foods and satisfy a broad spectrum of moods.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears with chill haze golden copper color forms a vibrant white head pretty thick as it dwindles a collar of lacing forms. With each sip after the first even lacing forms thinly in speckled patterns. Aroma has a light pale biscuit malt component with citrus peel and very floral hops arising. Mellow but you can detect grain and hop here that's a step in the right direction for anybody's flagship beer, let's see how those carry out in the flavor. Hoppy in the floral and citrus burp sense not overly bitter I'm detecting moderate IBUs possibly around 35 on the hop bitterness. Mild sweetness with pale malts bringing out biscuit and cereal grains with a mineral water harshness in the finish. Texture is pretty light this is pale ale light in a good way really light body with some thinner resinous slickness, and carbonation that's dead on. Drinkability is pretty effortless a good tailgating craft beer much flavor but light texture and crispness makes it flow with ease. A really great tasting and refreshing beer from one of my favorite all time brewers.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another quality beer from Southern Tier. This one I don't believe is quite as light refreshing as the Harvest Ale, but is still quite good.

Appearance is sort of a sparkling caramel color with great head formation which fades to a scummy protective coating. Aroma is light and refreshing and hoppy, with a touch of penetrating sharpness like you met get off fresh sweat or from bug repellant. This is a cutting yet fresh aroma. Flavor is light and hoppy and quite nice. Mouthfeel is very much on the light side, but is far from watery or boring.

Quite a nice beer. Recommended.

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Photo of dmamiano
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is overcarbonated...poured a huge off white head into ap int glass. So much carbonation that a 12 ouncer wouldn't fit after the initial, not hard pour..
Medium golded color,clear and carbonated to the max.
Smells of hops. Citrus notes. Not much malt noticable .
Tastes of mild citrus. Not muck malt backing. Way too carbonated.
A little like hop water.
Very average at best.

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

12oz single, Steve's on University

appearance: pours a clear bronze/copper shade, rather pale body, light frothy beige head with pretty decent lacing

smell: fresh clean and dry hops, fair malt structure, plenty of toasted grain

taste: pretty similar to sierra nevada pale to me...very well balanced (as opposed to the latest trend of hop-bomb apa's). toasted grain and malt presence is well pronounced and the hopping leaves a very dry finish - this would probably be pretty nice on tap

mouthfeel: finishes very dry, medium-light body

drinkability: pretty refreshing after a bruising soccer match

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Photo of Brad007
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale color with minimal head. Aroma is nice and hoppy upfront with the maltiness shining through as well. Taste is very nice and toasty upfront with a mild bitterness in the middle. A second taste confirms the toastiness and malt that shows through much more than the hops. Feels more like a well-balanced English IPA but for what it's worth, it's a very drinkable ale that I could kick back on a hot day.Highly sessionable.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another ST brew from BeerTruth.

A: Nice light golden yellow color with a big bubbly head.

S: Tons of hoppy piney citrus aroma with an underlying malty honey like sweetness.

T: Reminds me of tart orange juice with a hint of honey.

M: Light and airy.

D: Very.

Overall: I can't believe this beer don't get better reviews. Its not really over the top in any way. It is simply a great tasting beer that goes down easy. A good APA that if avaliable I would use as a session brew.

Thanks BeerTruth... Keep those ST gems coming!

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second beer at Dewey's Pizza in Clifton (Cincinnati, OH). This arrived with a nice 1/2" head left over from the perfect pour. The lacing left on the glass was come of the heaviest I've seen.... COOL! The beer was a clear amber/orange color.

Nice aroma to this beer.... you don't have to search out the citrusy hops in the smell.... very nice. Some tasted malt lingered in the background too.

The taste was VERY GOOD! I like this APA.... The citrus hops hit first like grapefruit peel...the some piney hops taste for complexity comes through. Sweet caramel taste lingers as well as a woodsy malt.

Mouthfeel: Nice.... perfect carbonation and a nice robust feel to this beer.

Drinkability: YES... highly recommended... I could enjoy a few of theses.

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Photo of Winter
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber in color with a thin light khaki head. Aroma has citrus and piney hops, combined with a nice biscuity malt presence. Aroma isn't overwhelming and I really had to stick my nose into the glass to dig for it. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with some nice carbonation. Flavor has a nice citrusy hop bitterness upfront. Toasted malt follows with a lot of sharp piney hops midway. Hops dominate and make this a really juicy beer. Malt flavor hides behind it in the background. The flavor seems to thin out a little in the finish.

This was fairly decent. I think it would pair well with spicy foods to cut the heat and still remain very drinkable.

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

12 fl. oz bottle, thanks to BA richgo6.
Clear deep golden coloured beer, decent head.
Lovely aroma of Cascade and Styrian Goldings hops.
The flavour is also very hoppy, a tad too sweet, there is a hint of orange marmelade, and some less pleasant "raw" alcoholic notes.
Not a bad beer though.

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Photo of
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Crystal clear, light gold color. Medium sized, creamy, white colored head. Lacing, but no legs.

Sweet & hoppy. Sugared grapefruit and pine. Biscuity.

Bitter over sweet initially, but gets more sweet fairly quickly. Finishes nicely balanced. Crackery middle. Sweet is fruit like, apples and grapes. Hop character is grassy with a lemon flavor in the aftertaste. Seems to be some spice in here as well, clove?

Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall, I like this beer a lot. Fairly easy to drink, nice mix of flavors and well balanced. Enjoyable all around. Became more complex as it warmed.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of caramelized malt, hops and citrus.

T: The taste starts out very malty and sweet, with flavors of citrus and caramel, then a decent bite of hops bitterness comes in to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and a little hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very good beer to stick with for an evening unless you’re looking for something stronger. Otherwise, the beer is quite satisfying if you want something sessionable but with a lot of substance.

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Photo of genog
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a bubbly white head that leaves small bubbles along the top. Smell is earthy, piney hops, absolutely delicious for a Pale Ale. Taste is a smooth malt and earthy hops balance. Nice carbonation on this one makes this border on a session versus too filling for more than 2. I have loved everything from southern tier, very good beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden color with moderate white puffy head,
Smell is significane for hops with a light malt background.
Taste is supreb. The hops dominate but the malt blends in perfect proportions.
Dry at the ending, which causes a beckoning for another taste.
Pertfect beer. n easy drinker. Very refreshing.

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

Funny, I had a Rogue American Amber last night and this reminds me a lot of a lighter version. The key here is there's a significant yeast character than blends with the caramel malt (the Pacman yeast for Rogue and whatever ST uses). The light malt body is surrounded by a tangy, but not strong, citrus hops note that lends a decent bitterness. Overall, the malt and overall flavor profile are a bit lacking. The hops aren't that distinguishable or complex, but this still makes for a decent session brew. Not bad, but definitely not great.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 8-18-07

Pours a clear amber/orange color with a fizzy head that bubbles away.

Smell is all clean, grassy hops, with a little malt backing.

Taste is much like the smell, with the earthy malt flavor much more evident.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style, thick enough to give the hops a good kick, but with enough carbonation to keep it light.

Drinkability is great, tastes good and feels good.

Overall, a great session beer. Very easy on the palate but very tasty. Recommended.

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

A- A great golden and clear ale. An impressive head forms and retains itself for the whole glass. Leaves some excellent lacing.

S- Sweet, hoppy, crisp, clean. A little bready. A good example of the style.

T- Same as the aroma, with an emphasis on the crispiness. I'm kind of digging this.

M- A good amount of carbonation, clean. I'll say it again- crisp.

D- A very good session beer, I could see myself getting this again.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Why are their big beers so extraordinary, but their normal brews so mediocre??

That's exactly what this is - completely and totally mediocre. I could drink a few without batting an eye; neither in a good way, nor a bad. Pours a light gold, with little head. I found the color to be a bit watery looking. Taste has mild sweetness and a decently strong hop sense. Mouthfeel is pleasant and simple. drinkability is high - actually was a good experience on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another new beer (new to me, that is) from the Southern Tier BC. Let's hope this "Extraordinary Ale" is as good as their IPA was.

Pours a very pale copper color with a one-finger white head. Some lace exists as the beer recedes, otherwise there is little to comment on here. The nose is light and airy, with very pleasant fruit notes. Lots of lemon and peach maybe mixed in with strawberry and orange. Light herbal scents. Sweet malt esthers. Not a bad aroma, but a bit fruitier than most pale ales I tend to gravitate toward. The taste is sweet up front, then mellows out for a moment before finishing with a spicy, bitter kick. The whole thing is a bit underwhelming, in my opnion, but I do like the hoppiness that it finishes with. Mouthfeel is smooth, but a bit watery.

The spicy hops that are noticeable in the finish, in my opinion, save this beer from a watery grave. Without them this is a bland, conservative ale. Certainly nothing "extraordinary" about it. While it probably won't find its way into my current beer rotation, it might appeal to fans of lighter, sweeter pale ales.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clean copper color with a white head. Aromas of a dry maltiness and a small hop presence. The taste, well it is clean and refreshing, but not much to say, although it is good. A nice body, and no aftertaste. Session-ish, and a good palate clensor. All I can say it is just a good ale.

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Photo of Gmann
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden orange color with an average with head that left so lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is rather faint for an APA, some real light citris hop. The taste is a bit odd. I am picking up some apricot flavors, a slight metallic taste, a quick citris hop taste and pale malt. The feel is light but not watery, crisp and well carbonated, balanced finish. A different take on the APA, with the apricot flavor sticking out for me. Good but not in the same class with Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of jcipa88
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my 2nd 6-mix pack with the S.T.E.Ale, so officially my 4th P&M Ale. Color is right on the golden amber with great steady head forming at the top of the pint glass. The sent is a little better then light, with superb mouthfeel and a tangy sense around the back of the tongue. Well - this is something of "being different" - a multi-6 coming out of NY. The guys at Southern Tier are making some noise. I had an IPA on tap at the Sunset Grill Cantina, which was awesome, and I'm sure more will follow.

Getting back to the Extraordinary Ale - it definitely a pleasant/tasty brew to have more than twice, so if it comes in an all "6-pak", pick it up and enjoy it over some grilled food. All I want to know is what happen to the characters on the bottle from the website? - oh well!

Enjoy and keep it clean!

Jeff Cabral

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Photo of Durge
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice golden brown color but weak in head/lace category. Has an interesting smell of sweet malt, fruit nougat, a bit flowery. Tastes of sweet bread blended with a citrus highlight. Mildly carbonated and kind of watery. The flavor is sweet but has enough hops feel to keep it on the good side of the scale. Needs a little more body to really make this more desirable. Certainly worth a try and I would drink it again.

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Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 1,492 ratings.
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