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

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Phin & Matt's Extraordinary AlePhin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by wailingwench on 10-29-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,493
Reviews:
622
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
13.73%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
143
For Trade:
1
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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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Photo of ohoove
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a light amber color pour into a glass that never had much of a head from the get go. first hit was a slight piney and bitterness, again slight. the bitterness from the first hit seemed to dissipate as the drink went on. resembled a bully lager in terms of taste and smell more than a pale ale, in a good way, this is not a slam. would definetely recommend this for a picnic or all night affair. although not extraordinary , still a solid offering from Southern Tier ,who seldom disappoints. would buy this again.

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Photo of mrocco
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden to light amber color. Nice 1" head initially from a not-so-aggressive pour. Slight lacing. Head fades fairly quickly to a patchy thin white layer.

S: Nice, but faint hop aroma (pine and citrus). Also has a nice, lightly sweet malt smell.

T: Very good taste. Hops and malt are nicely balanced, leaning a little to the hoppy side

M: Mouthfeel is average. Nothing to write home about.

D: Very drinkable. No off tastes. Liked it a lot. Would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of WillieMoe
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a beautiful amber color, with a slighly fizzy head if that makes sense?

Smell: A subtly sweet smell, with not much of a hoppy scent.

Taste: This is an extremely flavorful P.A., with just a hint of fruit flavor. It goes down smooth, which is what makes this such a drinkable P.A.

Mouthfeel: Feels great! Southern Tier is a top tier brewery and this is one of it's best offerings, especially if you're a big fan of the Pale Ales,like myself.

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

I drank this at a very warm temperature, almost room temperature, and it was still very good.

A - A light copper/amber color w/ a fizzy, carbonated head. I could hear the bubbles popping, which I had never heard before.
S - A very malty-sweet smell. Not a dry smell like other PA's.
T - Different from other Pale Ale's in that it was sweet but still had a dry, flavorful finish. A little grainy, but some caramel and fruity flavors came through.
M/D - Very smooth yet crisp enough to make you want another sip. It's a warm, humid summer night and the beer is warm, but it still shined. The sweetness sticks to the palate and the drinkability is great like most Pale Ale's. I liked this beer a lot more than I anticipated and I would recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of scott
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

V.07

Hazy golden accented pale amber with very mild visual carbonation. Little head.
Citric notes tickle the nose. Very inviting. This guy is begging for a pull. It does deliver. An interesting blend of malt and semi-bitter hop that is wholly refreshing, and it ends very dry. Light in the mouth, somewhat sharp on the tongue, and damn easy to drink.
Highly recommended.
Normally, I never judge a book by its cover, but they should re-think the packaging. It doesn't sell the product well at all, and even though I really like it, I don't pay attention to it on the shelf.

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Photo of jwc215
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed amber with a thin white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

The smell is citric, resiny, some graininess in the back.

The taste is of citric fruitiness and piney resin with a balancing sweet doughy character that stays even. Nice, but mild, and taste doesn't really stick around too long. Rather abrupt finish.

Smooth with decent carbonation. Fairly dry. Light to medium bodied. Easy to drink. A decent well-balanced pale ale, though not "Extraordinary" IMO.

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Photo of sullysbeer
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Huge grapefruit hop aroma, sweet tarts and spicy.

Appearance: Very clear golden color, white head retention that just covers the surface then collects to the edges.

Flavor: Sweet maltiness up front then follows with a grassy hop flavor and finishes with a delicate bitterness that doesn't linger then gets sweet. Hints of grapefruit and mangos.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body. Sharp CO2 on the tongue.

Overall Impression: Awesome ordinary bitter style beer. Balanced to perfection. Has that delicious bitter bite that doesn't linger, which is great. This is a great session beer.

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Photo of far333
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perhaps the name should change from Extraordinary to Extra Ordinary because I found this one to be nothing special.

Hazy orange with a thin and low beige head that dissipates quickly.

Faint smell of doughey, somewhat toasted malt.

Muted flavor of bready malt, and some hop brightness that is too low to classify.

Even mouthfeel, a bit watery, but some tingles in the finish.

Pretty average, all around.

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

Poured on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Poured a deep gold with a nice white head.

S- Slight scent of hops and a slight sweet malt scent.

T- Somewhat malty sweet, with a dry, flowery finish.

M- Slight medium-thin body, with an average carbonation overall.

D- A decent malty ale, with a dryish aftertaste.

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Photo of TuckerCarlson
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, light orange with a finger of head that dissipates quickly. Mild to moderate lacing.

Very nice aroma of citrus.

Flavor is mild but enjoyable. Very smooth and balanced, with no one flavor dominating over the others. A nice touch of hop bitterness at the end makes it a solid representative of the style (of those I've tried). I wouldn't mind a little more citrus flavor up front, but I'm hoping that's what I'll get when I try their IPA.

A little on the fizzy side for me, but it doesn't take away from the overall experience.

This isn't quite to the level of Dale's as far as I'm concerned, but it's a good beer. I would definitely give this to someone who is transitioning out of American macros and into the good stuff. A good addition to the Southern Tier variety pack that I probably wouldn't have tried otherwise.

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with better than an inch of egg shell colored head that resists fading. A reasonable amount of lacing observed.

You can recognize that sweet malty citrus southern tier signature aroma as soon as the cap comes off. The intensity stays up there to the finish. Light-Medium bodied, the texture of the mouth feel reminds me a lot of my favorite cream ale. It has tasty malt sweetness with a balanced hop character.

A good drinker and an enjoyable session beer. Cheers!

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy orange with a bubbly beige head.

Aroma: Super juicy with tons of oranges especially. Toast and bread backbone.

Taste/mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, astringent, with a mint like biting/bitter finish. Tremendous orange flavor. Juicy as can be. Some other citrus, tangerine and a little grapefruit, over toast and biscuits. Delightful juicy body.

Drinkability: Outstanding. This is a sessionable beer indeed. Just wonderful.

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

A- Pale amber body with thin white head. Nice head retention. Leaves behind a little bit of lacing in the glass.

S- Nice hop character with good malt backbone. Smells balanced and refreshing.

T- Sweet malt and light hops up front. Finish is all refreshing piney hops. Hints of hop linger on the palate. Nice light refreshing taste. Solid example of APA taste.

M- Light body and high carbonation. Decent but carbonation is a bit heavy.

D- This is a great refreshing APA for anytime. Easy to drink and probably easy to session to. I'll probably have this one again.

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Photo of Illinick
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Mad Mex Monroeville
A: Deep golden almost copperish in color with a frothy head that retains nicely. Good lacing.
S: Average for the style, albeit a bit thin. Citrus anf floral scents up front with some grainy and piney scents following.
T: Surprisingly nice flavors. Nothing over the top, but classic flavors of the style. Citrus up front with some pulp-like bitterness coming through. Grainy flavors following with a slight malty backing. A piney-citrus hodepodge finishes the sip.
MF: Light Medium
Overall: High drinkability because of its subdued bitterness. A nice beer to introduce a novice to the style. Nothing over the top. Just classic citrus, hop, and slight pine flavors.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, golden color with a white head that thinned out to a layer leaving lots of sticky lace.

S - citrus hop aroma, with a mild malt background.

T - great hoppy taste, but not bitter, very nice balance with malts for a very fine tasting brew.

M - light bodied, mild carbonation, crisp, dry finish.

D - very drinkable beer, I may have to session this one.

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

Poured in the glass this is a clear light amber colored ale with a white head that falls rather quickly.

The scent sweet and quite strong with the C type hop aromas. Major scents are pine, eucalyptus leaf, tea and wood.

The taste begins neutral and woody tasting with a little tea. Strong with the hop flavors but not bitter and decidedly on the dry side, I like it.

The mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is the real strength of this beer, a favorable and easy to drink ale.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a light honey/iced tea mix with a good amount of bubbles in the body and a thinnish head. Solid APA nose with lots of citrus and some grassy tones. Toasted malt and toffee in the background, of course. Flavor is a nice mix of a not-too-clean malt base with its fruity esters and big citrus from the hops. Bitterness is rather minimal considering the hop flavors. Has a bitty of a jelly worm taste. Carbonation is mellow and pleasing while the body isn't too thick. Solid drinkability and a pretty flavorful APA.

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Photo of mobud
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Straw color with slight head that breaks down quickly.

S- Hoppy. Smells of fresh hops that you just rubbed in your hands to get the aroma.

T- Muted hops with grassy taste.

M- Medium feel. Smooth with OK body.

D- OK, but not a must have. Would be good for a session style beer.

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Photo of ericj551
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Phin and Matts Extraordinary Ale pours a crystal clear yellow gold. Aroma is sweet, almost wort like caramel malts. Flavor is smooth and malty, with just a twinge of slighlty metallic hops. Delicious and balanced, I'm definitely gonna have to get this one again.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Southern Tier- Phin & Matts

Appearance- Light copper orange with a small frothy head and light lacing of the glass.
Smell- Green unripe hops.
Taste- grapefruit rind up front followed by a earthy unripe green hop flavor. Slight pine oil with a dose of caramel malt.
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front with a slighty bitter oily malt finish.

Overall- A nice easy Ale to drink. Not Extraordinary but good never- less.

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Photo of jwff
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden orange/ deep yellow with beautiful streams of carbonation. Not great head retention but the color more than makes up for it. Smells strongly of fresh citrus hops and a bit of bread.

Slick hop taste that almost reaches too oily, but just pulls back on the reigns enough to keep things moderate. I honestly expected this to be a fresh hop harvest beer because it was so juicy. Cascades dominate this one. Also can taste some bittering hops near the finish to give this beer some depth. Malt never takes the front seat in this brew, but is mildly apparant in the light bready finish.

Carbonation is near perfect and helps with the balanced hop presence. Perfect ABV to knock down one after the other, and light enough to not stick to the palette too much. Maybe not extroardinary, but close.

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Photo of nyjets1248
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Phinn & Matt's pours a deep gold, borderline orange and just a little cloudy. There was a finger width white head that dissolved quickly but did leave some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is hoppy but not overpowering. The taste is fresh and clean. it is hoppy with a grapefruit bitterness that contributes to its crisp finish. This is a solid pale ale with a medium mouthfeel and good carbonation. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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

Overall impression: a hoppy but smooth APA a tad on the bitter side.

Appearance is a little on the transparent side but that's okay. The smell is hoppy with hints of toffee. The flavor is a little bitter and definitely hoppy. Not too complex, but enjoyable none-the-less. Mouthfeel was somewhat too carbonated for me.

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Photo of MmmIPA
2.06/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Orangey body with a white bubbley head that just pops away.

Casacde hops take up most of the scent.I almost smell Tea.I dont know why but that smell comes to my mind.

Again Tea comes to the taste now.Could this beer be bad?I taste some of the malt, the malt keeps the hops tied together.Could the tea taste be the malt?

Easy going down with easy carbonation as well.

Not bad but not to my fancy.I dont think i'll have it again.I'll pass next time.

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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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