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

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is clear golden in color with a small, off-white sudsy head. No real visible carbonation gives it a "flat" appearance. A little bit of lace is left on the glass.

S: First impression of the nose was that something was "off" a little bit - something metallic. But after a few sips either that's gone or I've gotten used to it. Now I'm getting a slight toastiness and some citrusy, lemony hops.

T: Light-ish malt up front - definitely of the toasted bread variety but with a touch of sweetness too. Slightly metallic hop flavor follows, along with citrusy lemon and a touch of florally hops. Finishes fairly dry with a light lingering bitterness. Good for an APA - balanced nicely between the bready malt and lemony hops.

M: Light-to-medium body. Carbonation is there, surprisingly (given the appearance) - fine but active.

O: Solid. Well-balanced. An easy-drinking APA.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to jmarsh123 and his LIF for this one.

A: Nice golden color, with a slight haze. One finger slightly yellow head, with good retention and lacing.

S: Malty, with good caramel aroma. Slight citrusy hop notes, led by apricots and grapefruit, with touches of tangerine and light pineapple.

T: Not a huge taste on this, but good. Sweet caramel up front. A little tostiness through the rest of mouth. Not much bitterness, but a light grapefruit and orange comes through. A touch of tart in the finish.

M: Lighter in body, but definitely not watery. Higher carbonation. A tad creamy.

O: A pretty decent Pale. Not the best by far, but very drinkable.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a lighter color than I expected. It's a dark gold color, kind or orangey. It has a white head that laces pretty well.

Smells malty, with some bitter hops. Not too powerful, but a good scent.

It has a sort of sweet sort of bitter effect. Tere are some bitter hop flavors that are balanced by some not too heavy malts.

It has pretty active carbonation, it's not a very heavy beer, but it';s by no means watery.

I like it. This would enter the regular rotation at my house if it weren't so pricey, $10 a six pack.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was my favorite out of ST's "Pack of Pales" and I finally gotten around to reviewing it.

A-Cloudy yellowish orange, half a finger head.

S-Citrus hops, some grassy/floral notes as well.

T-Decent amount of hops/bitterness for an APA. Citrus and floral notes mainly.

M-Light but with some carbonation.

O-Upon review the IPA is better (but I also remember thinking the IPA in the mix was a little off). However it is still solid, not the best APA but a cheaper and easy to get session beer.

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Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice copper color with a decent head that fades to a light lacing.

S: Mild citrus and fresh grain aroma with a bit of sweetness.

T: Has a nice crispness up front witha mild mixture of citrus and caramel sweetness. There is a nice bitterness through to the finish.

F: fairly medium body, smooth and creamy. Quite refreshing. Not overpowering but has a nice balance.

O: Very easy drinker, good for a few. Not an extrordinary beer but well worth a visit.

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

Extraordinary ale? A bit short of the mark, but does qualify for at least "good." Nice depth of hopping, with some tea-like notes. Malt is likewise nicely layered and balanced. Hops bittering is less than one would expect for an APA, and seems more in line with that of a pale ale. Nice session candidate.

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

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured a clear copper color with a decent white head. Toasty aroma, malty, with mild hints of floral and citrus hops. Taste of toasty grains and malts, moderately sweet, with floral and citrus hops gently infused, a bit metallic. Medium bodied and quite drinkable, but pretty standard. Aka, not that extraordinary.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colored body with a light white head that leaves behind just a bit of sticky residue.

A slightly fruity but mostly floral hop aroma greets you. Malts add just a bit of grain and biscuit notes.

Good hop-forward but still well balanced pale. Not a whole lot going on beyond a simple but enjoyable piney and tad bit citrusy hop flavor. A bit of sweetness from the malt alongside a notable cereal grain flavor. Finishes with a touch of bitterness that reminds you this is a pale ale.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp making for a refreshing APA. One could easily knock back a few of these in an evening. Overall, not my favorite APA but I'd have it again if offered.

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Photo of Satchboogie
2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass:

A: Pours fairly clear light copper with about a finger of bubbly clear/white head. Leaves a little lacing, not the greatest of head retention.

S: Earthy and floral hops, pale malt. Subdued.

T: Mostly light earthy hops with a little pale malt. Not very hoppy and the malt base is rather thin. Finish is clean with a hint of malt and bitterness. Rather dull, bland, and empty. At least there isn't much alcohol taste, though there are some esters that almost have a metallic quality in the finish.

M: Light body, highly carbonated. It's basically seltzer water.

O: Phin & Matt's 'Extraordinary' Ale? Not so much. This isn't even ordinary, let alone extraordinary. This is about the weakest APA I've ever had out of a microbrewery. On the bright side, at least it's not offensive at all. It's basically seltzer water that someone dropped a slice of toast in. So far Southern Tier is 0 for 2 on their 'regular ABV' lineup. Love their big beers though.

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Photo of DCon
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Stable in Benton Park (St. Louis), MO for $6. Poured from the non- labeled, Wooden Tap Handle into a 16oz Tulip glass.

Aroma- Very piney, nice hops, but weak aroma... Diacetyl is noticeable and really brings down this overall aroma.

Appearance- Received with a 3 finger head that dies quickly. Has a clear golden body and leaves good lacing.

Flavor- Light piney hop taste. Nothing huge. Nice crisp finish and light bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light- medium bodied, high carbonation, but fell short with the light amount of hops from the taste. Almost sweet all the way through...

Overall- Not enough body or hop for this one.. Very refreshing but just doesn't suite the style. Such a shame since I'm such a huge fan of Southern Tier. (Also have had this one in bottle and remember it MUCH differently!)

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Photo of paperbackfoster
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Where’s the carbonation? My bottle poured with a head that, at full strength, was barely over a millimeter. Dissipated to a ring that barely held together in sheeting. The beer itself is a rather clear amber, on the bronze side. The few bubbles of carbonation look lost, lonely.

S - Now we’re getting somewhere. A hint of grapefruit, some tangy hops, and sweet caramel hit the nostrils. It’s a very fresh smell.

T - Confusing. Sharp, dry, almost nothing like the smell. Biscuits, vague bitter hops. This is a beer I almost have to slug back a gulp of to get the full palette. It’s summery and refreshing, but altogether confused. There's a not of dry, almost tropic fruits.

M - Scoring some definite points for this beer - while the flavor tricks you into thinking it’s almost watery, the mouthfeel really is a lot rounder than expected, the carbonation (invisible?) tingling on the tongue. Leaves you just a little bit dry. Clever session ale.

O - A decent session pale ale. It feels good, it smells good, I just wish the taste were a little more refined. It’s certainly good, but it doesn’t feel like a wholly balanced beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that dissipated, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of floral hops and fruit in the nose along with notes of sweet malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light to moderate amount of malty sweetness and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties.

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Photo of Dan3279
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the 12oz bottle into a pint glass to find golden straw colored body with a small white head. The aroma had a lot of malts with a few hints of grapefruit hops and some citrus notes. The taste was good, though I did feel like it was missing something. I didn't think that the taste held up with the aroma, it was a good tasting beer but nothing out of the ordinary. It was a light and crisp beer that was easy to drink and enjoy, I just wish that the flavors would have stood out a bit more.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale is an American Pale Ale. Pours out a pretty clear golden color, just a ever so slight haze to it. Small white head which disappears after a couple of minutes. The scent has a light candy sweetness, along with just a touch of piney hops. As for the taste, its got a candy sweetness, much lighter malts than many PAs you'll see. Not even getting any caramel out of this. Touch of flowery/piney hops, some toasted breadiness. Medium to light bodied, nice wet feel.

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Photo of rarbring
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew is clear deep brass colored, a white small head with some lacing and little curtains.

The smell is fruity, lemon, mango, pine-apple, but also floral grass and a sun-warm forest.

Sweet, toffee and cereals, and fruity, tropical fruits, apricot, mango.

A light carbonation, soft and smooth texture, a good body and a light dry finish.

An easy-going ale, a nice session style.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead Snifter.

Pours a clear and light amber with a small white head. Nose is really fruity and bright, light sweetness as well, almost reminds me of sculpin.

Taste is a bit maltier than expected but this is an APA not an IPA, very creamy and thick, a bit chewy as well. The hops aren't as up front on the palate as on the nose, there is a light tropical fruit flavor on the finish. There is a nice caramel flavor that lingers for a bit as well.

Very tasty - for a beer that doesn't list its style I'm really impressed!

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

Phin & Matt's has a decent nose, bearing a good grapefruit and pine hop aroma, as well as some light grain and sugar notes from the malts. The nose comes across as quite clean and subtle, as a good ale should.

On the tongue, the beer presents itself in a bright, citrus and hop package, grapefruit playing lightly on the tastebuds, with orange and apricot swaying in the background. A nice layer of Grape Nuts, or perhaps biscuit-like malts swirls just below, bringing faint touches of brown sugar. The aftertaste is dominated by hops, though small hints of sugar peek through. In subsequent sips, many of the brew's more subtle flavors are overwhelmed by hops, and so it seems that the recipe could have used a few more pounds of malt to raise the sugars by a few notches. Mouthfeel is light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, Phin & Matt's is a good ale, but tends to lose flavor as the sugars get dominated by bitterness. If the entire bottle tasted like the first mouthful, this one would be gold.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no date.

appears a dark golden color with bright white 1/4" head. piney hops dominate the aroma, but it's pleasant. the taste is more balanced than the aroma. finishes clean. thin to medium body, with higher carbonation.

overall, i like it better than the regular Pale ale, there's more flavor.

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

a- pale amber color with minimal head and lacing
s- just a hint of sweet malt, piney hops and a little grapefruit
t- about the same as the smell, astringent,pinier
m- medium mouthfeel, dries your mouth out a little
d- overall this is an average beer but i guess it's worth it's price tag

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.12/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale poured a strawy yellow color, with very little head, but alot of bubbles from crabonatin. The smell was rather malty, and earthy, I was expecting and hoping for something hoppeir. The taste was very malty, but the hops arent noticable, ruins anything sweet from the malts, theres almost a harshness. The taste does stay on the paletee and thats almost unforntante, its harsh, a random bittners comes, but you dont get to enjoy a floral hoppy flavor. Overall I wish I could say some better things, I didnt like this one, I would avoid.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy straw colored beer with a solid off-white sea foam head on top and great retention/lacing. Soft and slow bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. The smell is fairly potent of piney and grapefruit hops and a light citrus in the background.

Smooth and creamy in the mouthfeel and a nice little carbonation kick. The taste has some notes of citrus in the way of lemon and a little hop kick that brings a crispness to that smoothness. The hop kick is a little too brief and doesn't linger very long, leaving one sort of wanting a little more strength out of it. Not much in the way of a malt presence, leading to a bland taste in the end. Truly, its not a bad brew, but the blandness of the flavors is definitely underwhelming. An "eh" kind of a beer but its drinkability is a plus and therefore still worth the try.

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Photo of Brewmeist
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served into sniffer from 12 oz. bottle

A - clear, golden, weak lacing. Weak head, but I wasn't expecting anything huge.

S - very fruity, wee bit malty not boozy. Reminiscent of dales pale, even less boozier.

T - melon, mild hops, slightly bitter but more sweet. Great balance. Very light and refreshing but still full bodied.

M - hits the entire pallette, once again very refreshing.

D - entirely drinkable, totally a summer gulper. Would compliment a salad, or a burger even. Totally worth the purchase, and much easier to drink than dales pale but would file under the same category.

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Photo of renegadeburger
4.53/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow for a pale ale this one really knocked my socks off when i poured it into a glass the head was basically levitating right out the glass it stayed there the whole time too

the smell was fantastic it smelled pine trees in the forest with some grapefruit as well and even some lemon how did they do that?

taste was perfect balance i had the malt in there but also the hops balancing in the end if they would have added any more hops it would have been too much but you know what they got the perfect amount in there really nice balance all the way

good mouthfeel overall i think this is super quaffable i will definitely buy this again i am loving the pale ale style and these guys definitely have it right on i will seek out more of their beers for sure

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

A: Lightly coppered golden with a hint of haze. Okay size eggshell head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Fruity, juicy, and zesty citrus (not rind). Soft, bready malts with hints of toasty grains and caramel.

T: Sort of a teal-like aspect to the hops – pleasant though. Otherwise grassy, floral, and herbal hops with citrus there, but a bit behind. Again, the emphasis on juicy and fruity, which goes nice with the honey sweet doughy malts. Just a touch of caramel comes through in the middle. Hints of rind and resin in the finish with a ghost of mint. Super well balanced, and reasonably rounded without getting complex.

M: Average body and average carbonation. Solid and down the middle. Good for the style and good for this brew. Perhaps run-of-the-mill, but well done.

D: Nicely balanced, interesting, but not complicated. Nicely drinkable. Solid malt base really lets interesting hop profile shine – not distinctly American (west coast C hops), not really English, not really Noble – a nice select blend. Good for a session. Certainly better than their Pale, though perhaps not truly extraordinary (careful with those superlatives).

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper-orange color with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. The head fades down to a thinner layer leaving behind some spots of lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of some lightly toasted sweet caramel malts, some lemon, some grassy hops, and just a touch of bread.

T - Starts off with a mix of light sweet caramel malts and some citrus hops. Through the middle, the caramel flavor gets a bit richer and a bit of grassy hops and bitterness joins in. The finish is a mix of caramel, citrus hop, and bitterness with a bit of bread flavor.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and just a bit too thin. The finish is really clean and maybe a touch too empty.

D - Very drinkable. Very crisp and refreshing, but at the same time a bit empty. Could have used a bit more of a kick mixed in there.

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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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