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

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Added by wailingwench on 10-29-2004

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Photo of gordavidson
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
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 +8.8%
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 -1.7%
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 -10.8%
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 -8.5%
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 +9.1%
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 -3.1%
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 -4.2%
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 +12.5%
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 +11.9%
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 +17.6%
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 +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


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 +5.4%
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 +10.5%
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 -8.5%
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 -5.1%
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 +9.1%
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 +4.2%
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 +23.2%
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 +8.5%
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 +7.1%
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 +23.2%
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 +7.6%
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 +4%
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 -3.1%
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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Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 1,499 ratings