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

Appearance: Pours golden orange and clear with a minimal sudsy ivory cap.

Smell: Orange blossom and Pacific Northwest Hops (something starting with a "c" to be sure...)

Taste: muted hops, a grainy base, and hint of orange, and a dry bittering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and just a touch oily.

Drinkability: Lively on the palate. Solid across the board. I'm really diggin' this brewery.

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Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a 2" head. Some spotty lacing develops throught the drink.

Smell: the nose picks up strong citrus, candy sweetness, and some soft pinecone.

Taste: the flavor follows the nose, as this brew is nicely balanced with strong orange citrus, bread, sweet caramels, and piney bitterness.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start and finish, and the finish is short on the orange and pine.

Drinkability: superb drinkability, a definite session pale ale. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of orsulacp
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a hazy yellow-orange with no head. The smell had some faint citrus, but nothing else. The taste was slightly bitter, some piney hops not much malt. Medium mouthfeeI with low carbonation. I am not getting much out of this. It seems very average.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A murky orange copper with little head

S - Strong notes of citrusy hops. Almost an I.P.A. type smell. Very strong

T - Over poering hops cover up an oaky type taste of malts. Very bread like. Not to caramelish

M - Other than the bubbles the finish on the back of the tounge. It's very light

D - This is definilty a sesion beer. I enjpy it thoroughly.

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Photo of BitterBrian
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm ready to enjoy another Southern Tier offering. They haven't let me down yet. (OK, maybe with the Tripel, but I'll forget about that).

Pours a foggy golden amber into the pint glass. The head wasn't anything to speak of. Maybe I didn't pay attention when pouring. . . nah, there wasn't a head. the "ring of bubbles" left a light lacing though.

Smells of citrus, malt and a little pine. Tastes of orange, malts. real nicely balanced hops and a little peet on the finish. Delicious.

I really enjoyed this one. If I had more than one on hand, I would be able to testify that's is an easy drinker, but I'll just have to predict that it is for now.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of this beer is a little lighter than I expected. It looks like a dark pilsner and the head was a little smallish.I smell is very hoppy with citrus fruit.
The taste is hoppy,but not bitter.There is a definite citrus flavor,grapefruit or orange?,that's refreshing. The m/f is medium with a full coverage of your whole mouth.I would say this is a good beer and I would try it again.

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

A swirling, dirty yellow hue, a capsized white head. Juicy hops and a massive freshly squeezed grapefruit nose. It’s expected, yet nicely done—a bitter blast of juicy and piney hops, very clean malts noticeable and blended nicely. Bubble gum texture, tenderly sweet, very mild carbonation. Traces of orange peel and lemon, a definitive citrus hop palate. This is pretty good stuff, tasty and well rounded. Don’t serve ice cold.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.39/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Attractive label, but no freshness dating.

Pours a very hazy orangish-yellow with a small white head that doesn't stick around, but leaves lace. Smell is a pleasant peppery orange with Lucky Charm marshmallows. Bland damp dank dull vegetable and oatmeal flavors churn on the tongue until an astringent bitterness gives a bite as it turns to a watery finish. Seem like sloppy hop usage, possibly the with the awful Amarillo virus. Feel is light and slick. Not impressed.

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

Clear amber color with a medium light beige head and thin patches of lacing. Aroma of malt, fruit and hops. Medium-bodied and nicely balanced but the flavor is a little weak. Mild hops, sweet malt and some tropical fruit flavors are there but are subdued. The finish is clean and sweet, making this beer really easy to drink from start to finish. Extraordinary? No. Above average? Yes.

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

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness information. Pours light honey/ almond and clear. Head is tightly packed and off white. This one leaves well developed, fine lacing. Nose is brightly of grapefruit. Tasty pale ale, meaty, citrusy hops up front, overlaid on a well made bed of malts. Balance, flavor, smooth mouthfeel. Nicely crafted creation from STBC. Go get some.

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Photo of frazbri
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale poured a plae copper color topped by a pristine white head, two fingers tall. The aroma was a pleasant fruity combination of grapefruit and pine. Mild citrus flavor with some honey-like sweetness and a bitter finish. Body was light with medium carbonation.

While this is not a hop bomb, bitterness seemed a hair out of balance. This is an okay beer, but too thin in body.

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Photo of Ricochet
4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Since the first thing is to smell the beer, because most beers smell similar in thier style, they typically rate average to good. This one smelled exceptional. It was even more fruity than Anchor's Liberty. Orange, clove, tropical fruit, and hops. I mean, it goes further than any APA and invites stronger than any other beer. I even whiffed this from the bottle before I poured and wet my whistle. First beer I rate 5 for smell.

It was a little bit lighter than APAs and lost it's head very quick. Mouth was good. It foamed well, had the bite of hops on the back of my tounge and the alcohol was there.

Well, it didn't taste quite up to the smell but this was still an excellent effort. Besides orange, besides hoppy bite, besides clove, besides masking the alcohol very well, there was a very slight carrot-stick note. It seemed a little thin on on all bases compared with Anchor Liberty which had a thicker "breakfast beer" texture, this is a hot afternoon quencher.

Enjoyed this very much and will buy again.

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Photo of UncleFlip
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to UnionMade for making this review possible.

Nice honey colour with small-ish just-off-white head that's a mix of tight and loose bubbles. Recedes slowly, leaving a bit of sticky lace behind.

Smell is light and sweet, full of hops with a bit of light orange and a slight hint of banana. There's just a hint of spice here, as well.

Slightly woody maltiness hits up front, then just a hint of hops comes in, and some woody spiciness takes over to the end.

Average viscosity in the liquid, with a fast tight carbonation way up top.

Good solid beer. Nothing huge or flashy about it. Just a good comfort beer. It'd make a good session ber, I think- though some folks might be looking for more adventure after one or two of these.

Be well

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep coppery orange color with a nice medium head of off-white little bubbles, streaming carbonation, and decent lacing.

Smell is extremely hoppy, more like an IPA, I think, but there's a nice baked-bread/biscuity malt that comes through.

Flavor is quite a nice little burst of citric West Coast hops on top of a juicy sweet malt. Nice grapefruit flavor without being over the top and a definite bready sweetness about the malt. Nice.

Mouthfeel is thick enough to do the hops justice.

Nice pale ale that almost borders on an IPA from Southern Tier; I still haven't had a bad beer from them.

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Photo of scooter231
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangeish/golden color with a ton of head and lacing that sticks around. Smells slightly hoppy, citrusy. Lots of fruity going on in very subtle, minimal amounts- I want more, it's just too subtle.

Taste is nicer- citrusy, orangey, very lightly hopped with a little bit of bitterness, but nothing overwhelming. Malty and, as everyone else has pointed out, grapefruity.

Mouthfeel is easy and light, and this is highly drinkable. Not my favorite APA ever, but an easy drinking beer- perhaps not reeeally extraordinary... but not ordinary.

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Photo of LucaBrasi
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this from the bottle, pours a mid golden color with a decent head. This beer smells of hops and citris. The citris comes though in the taste with a slight bitterness, but not a bad one. After thinking a while it has a grapefruit taste to it. The mouthfeel is one of light carbonation. A drinkable beer indeed.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light shade of bronze in color, with a really nice head retention.

The smell is very citrusy and appealing, also has a hoppy scent to it.

The taste is great. A wonderful citrus flavor. Very flavorful. I notice tastes of grapefruit, lemons, limes, and maybe oranges.

The mouthfeel could be a little heavier, but its not bad by any means. The slightly watery feel in the finish of the drink is the only downfall.

Drinkability is great. Cannot complain at all. These ones go down smooth and fast.

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Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of woodychandler. The pour produces a slightly hazed, apricot body with a small eggshell hued head that eventually falls into a cap, with extensive patchy lacing.

Pungent bouquet, with citrusy grapefruit and tangerine and an odd note of fresh peppermint leaf. Some pine cone aromas also come forth, and blend well with a caramel malt accent.

Mouthfeel has a sturdy medium body with a pleasant hops zing on the tongue. A velvety feel develops as it warms.

Grapefruit and orange notes lead an assertive hops profile that features some pine bitterness that becomes more assertive as the glass is emptied. Solid caramel tasting, malt backbone provides excellent balance. Very tasty, overall, with a citrusy hop finish that is not overly bitter.

One of the better American APA's I've sampled, but it could very well be called an IPA. This one would be a staple in my fridge if it were available in my region. Many thanks to my fellow BA for supplying this magnificent ale.

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

Light golden orange body, hazy, with a few stray streams of carbonation, topped by a level finger-and-a- half thick table top white head.

A fresh, brisk, citrus nose, very inviting and enticing.

The taste seems to start off with the rare instance of malt and hops arriving simultaneously. Even as a sweet malt base slides across my tongue, I sense the hops above, surfing the wave, and trickling, (or should I say cascading) down throughout my mouth, eventually wresting control in time for a tidy, but lasting, finish. Both the sweetish malt and the citrus hops place this as more of an APA than I was expecting. The "extraordinary" in the title had me thinking ESB.

Good, refreshing but substantial mouthfeel, and a very easy drinking ale.

Extraordinary? Maybe not, or maybe I'm too jaded. But if it's not extraordinary, it's certainly well above average. Enjoy.

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

Woahh, delicious. I had this on tap at McGregors Perinton. A glorious 20 Ouncer. This came to me with barely any head but looked great, a nice golden orange color with decent lacing. The smell was very citrusy and hoppy. This smelled and tasted a lot more mild than the other southern tier offerings, and I love the stronger ones but this is a great idea. It is a lot more drinkable but still has a great amount of flavor via floral hops and citrus flavors, you just aren't bombarded with pine trees this time around. It is nice and malty too. A good balance. The mouthfeel is carbonated, sorta crisp but soft at the same time.

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Photo of Naes
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is a golden brown / copper colored beer with a decent off white head. There is almost no lacing to speak of, but a ring of foam stays through your drinking experience.

Smell is of hops, citrus and a bit medicinal.

Flavor is of citrus (grapefruit) with hop domination and a bit of maltiness throughout.

The mouth feel is on the very light end of the medium bodied spectrum.

Drinkability is high. This beer could make a good introduction to the hops for a macro drinker. It’s not a slap you in the face with hops beer, but the hops definitely make their presence known.

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Photo of packetknife
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very OK beer but nothing more to me. Near crystal orange-red pour with a very thin fluffy white head that faded quickly. Hops and some sort of fruit are the clear nose winners. About the same on the tongue at first giving way to decent malting. A good summer beer for certain and I suspect I would have enjoyed it much more if it were better chilled and I was outdoors. I will revisit.

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

Festive Red White & Blue label with plenty of USA stars.

Pours an orange amber hue with a fluffy ivory bottle cap thickness head that holds firm, leaving spotty lattice lace behind in the glass.

Immediate nose of American hops, sweet oranges and citrous spritz.

First swigs: Balance of hops and malts first pop out. Further inspection reveals apple and orange hop flavors with an extremely balanced malt backing of light caramel and grain. Finishes tacky and light Pez candy.

Tightly crisp with a medium sticky hoppy lip smackin' body.

Last swigs: An American Pale that creeps up on an IPA, but enough balance to keep it in the Pale realm. This is a growler fill bee at the SixPack Store this week. A good fill indeed. Alas, I just bought a bottle.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of Suds
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a golden orange color with a thin white head. It’s a little haze too. It’s got an intense, grapefruit hop aroma. Floral, resiny, citric hops dominate the nose. There’s a little sweetness up front, and a nice, rounded maltiness throughout. This is a pretty well balanced brew, tipped just slightly on the hoppy side of things. Finishes with a solid hoppiness…pine and citrus. I’d like this as a session brew.

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Photo of mentor
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle provided by shippos...thanks much! Pours a one-finger nearly white head over a cloudy tangerine colored liquid. Smells mildly hoppy of oranges and tangerines. Has a malt sweet below this, but I can't place the style. Taste is gently sweet with late rising hop flavor in the form of oranges, a citrusy pine, and woody character. Apricot esters rise in the middle and play with the hop flavor. Hop bitter is low and there is a biscuit malt character. Md body and mildly carbonated. Nice easy drinking APA. Well done to get the hop flavor without an overbearing hop bitter.

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