3 Citrus Peel Out
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #40
Ranked #21,183
3.87 | pDev: 11.63%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
3 Citrus Peel Out3 Citrus Peel Out
Notes: An Imperial Wheat Ale brewed with blood orange juice, tangerine and grapefruit peels. 3 Citrus Peel Out is the newest in the company’s seasonal Imperial Series. It features an 8.5% ABV, a grain bill consisting of 35% wheat, CTZ & Mosaic hops and a walloping amount of citrus. Over four and a half pounds of tangerine & grapefruit peel per barrel accompany tropical flavors from Mosaic hops and an added boost of blood orange juice during fermentation. This refreshing brew sits around 30 IBU and its nice citrus pith complements the bitterness. Residual sweetness helps accentuate the fruity character and masks the 8.5% ABV well.

Southern Tier founder, Phin DeMink notes; “We encourage craft beer connoisseurs and folks new to craft to enjoy it straight up or served on the rocks with soda & wedge of fresh fruit. We’ve loved it with simple syrup & a shot of our favorite spirit. No matter how you serve it, 3 Citrus Peel Out is the summer refresher you’re looking for.”
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 22 oz bomber in a snifter. This excellent wheat ale pours a
nice and clear shimmering orange tinged golden color with a nice head
of white dissipating foam that settles to a thin ring with some nice sudsy
lacing. Nose of heavy citrus of orange and grapefruit with heavy herbal hops
included. One dimensional but a very nice dimension it is. Flavors exceed the
nose with herbal hops and heavy citrus notes of grapefruit and pith with orange
zest and touches of lightly warming booze with a hint of soft wheat. Very much
like a craft version of an imperial shandy. Decent mouth feel; medium light
body, lightly coating from all of the citrus, medium light carbonation that is
just right for this hybrid style, and zesty citrus forward finish.

Overall, a unique and nicely done brew. Not everyone's cup of
ale, but it is a nice change of pace.


Sep 09, 2018
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izraelc from New York

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow. I don't get a real strong citrus aroma. You get a blast of orange and grapefruit with a bitter alcohol finish. Smoother than I thought it would be. Good for an imperial but best enjoyed one and done with this one.

Sep 01, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Brewing Company "3 Citrus Peel Out"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "DOB 03/07/18 12:31PM"
$4.49 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Wow, it's clear, well just slightly hazy, but I thought with it being a wheat beer it would be cloudier. It's a beautiful rich golden color beneath a thick head of white. The aroma is citrusy as might be expected, and actually smells like fresh citrus rind. I'll go with orange and soft lemon as the two main notes although the label states that it's grapefruit and tangerine peels. I guess I should have said tangerine instead of orange, oh well, I'm not sure I could actually smell the difference between the two though. Taste, yes, but smell, no. Moving forward... ooh boy, that's juicy and refreshing. I clearly get the tangerine with a little bit of sharpness up front, and then grapefruit with its raspiness in the back. I'm also clearly getting the grapefruit in the nose as well. My only question now is, is this going to become a kind of a one-trick-pony kind of beer, or is there more to it. There's certainly depth to the fruitiness, and some malt in the flavor, and I guess hops, there's got to be some citrusy hops at work, but will it seem like just a juicy, fruity, beer or something more. Only a longer sampling will tell. So, bitterness... it's not that bitter at all but it remains balanced. And how strong is this? 8.5%, that's not bad, and I don't sense the alcohol at all. What about mouthfeel? Medium bodied and gently crisp. The light acidity helps there as well, but I'm not sure if I'd like it with a little more carbonation or not. I guess not. So as I'm progressing through the glass I'm liking it more and more. It's got a nice balance between the fruit flavors, the wheaty malt, and the light acidity and light sweetness of the malt. It's very refreshing, and very drinkable. As it's warmed a little bit, and my senses have become accustomed to the fruits more of the "beer" character of it is coming through and I don't think it fits the one-trick-pony mold that I was thinking of earlier. It's a great spring or summer beer but I think I could drink this year 'round. Very nicely done and certainly worth seeking out.
Review# 6,181

Aug 06, 2018
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a nice clear golden color with a modest head, soon diminishing to a ring. Citrus is apparent in the nose. In the mouth, citrus definitely comes through, finishing with citrus on the tongue.

Jul 04, 2018
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SoccerSeuss from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into weizen glass. Deep gold with a hint of orange and clear. Grapefruit and orange on the nose. Tart with a very citrus finish, dominated by grapefruits and orange. Medium bodied. A very nice summer take on the style. Though like another reviewer mentioned the citrus flavor becomes overpowering towards the end.

May 27, 2018
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a small growler into a MadTree tulip. The pour is deep gold, very clear, and sports a thin head of fine white foam. The nose has a powerful citrus character to it: lots of orange peel, fresh grapefruit, and lemon zest.

Medium-light body with a firm feel. Slightly tart up front, then a strong citrus flavor. Lots of fresh grapefruit juice, grapefruit pulp, and orange skins. Very refreshing, though that strong citrus character does get old a bit fast. Still, this is a nice take on an otherwise boring style. It's encouraging to come across an interesting wheat ale that has something going for it besides a lot of hops. I feel I could have this with breakfast and get my vitamins in the morning!

May 19, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. Bottle
DOB: 03/05/18

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, wheaty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango). The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, wheaty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango), nice little sweetness. Medium body, ABV is hidden nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Nice take on the style. Nice to see it around here.

May 17, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. dob 3/21/17, so 13 month old. damn, thought it was this springs release.

clear pale golden yellow body, medium carbonation, small head dissipating to a ring and covering.

kind of a boozy aroma.

none of the flavors are powerful, but the blood orange is the strongest. overall flavor leaning a bit more to sweet than bittersweet. no evidence of grapefruit or orange peel.

mouth around medium, finish a sweet wash followed by a very faint bitterness.

overall, likely affected by the age. will re-review if I come across a fresher one. as it stands, this one didn't do much for me.

Apr 28, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of citrus (duh), wheat, hops, and spices.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of hops, a bit of wheat (mostly in the finish), some spices (coriander, a little pepper), lots of citrus (orange, grapefruit) and slight dank quality. Didn't get much of the tangerine, though. This is a sweet, lively flavor that's fairly complex. A good balance between the citrus sweetness and the wheat and hops.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an interesting take on the style. Definitely drinkable.

Apr 28, 2018
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JayQue from Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasty citrus beer. Fairly heavy with a high abv but still a good spring/summertime cooler. Pours a hazy yellow/light orange color from a bomber into a Timmerman's stemmed flute. The white frothy head has fairly good retention, not much lacing on the glass. The aroma is an explosion of citrus. The Grapefruit and Tangerine peel and the Blood Orange and Grapefruit juice are featured. There may be a little Wheat tartness and yeast aroma but it is all overwhelmed by citrus. Taste is similar. There is a heavy malty presence but the citrus flavors come out on top. Flavor is tasty, a strong version of a spring/summer cooler. Mouthfeel is light with a smooth summery sweetness. I like Amer Pale Wheat Ales and this one is pretty good but a bit stronger flavored by the citrusy fruit.

Feb 21, 2018
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ordybill from Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear light gold color with a small white head. The aroma is mild citrus hops. The taste is bitter hops with a mild lemon finish.

Sep 17, 2017
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Kinger22 from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a pretty tasty citrus beer. The pour is an amber/orange combo, with a small, frothy head. The taste and scent are both heavily citrus, with some undertones of hops. Pretty easy-sipping beer, although there were some odd, metallic after taste on the first few sips.

Aug 28, 2017
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jeffdr123 from Florida

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Oak & Stone. Southern Tier makes beer you can taste, and this is no exception, even in the nose. Lots of citrus, especially tangerine - just like the name says. A little dangerous because it does not taste like an Imperial.

Aug 19, 2017
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BillRoth from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Bill Gray's Tap Room. Fresh keg.
Delightful refreshing summer ale at the start. The big malts produced a heavier body and ABV than you might expect. Didn't distract but seemed a bit inconsistent with a summer hot day beer. Hops and citrus very restrained. But it made for a very pleasant flavor. Overall light smooth and engaging.
As beer warmed though the blood orange and tangerine began to dominate and somewhat make the taste heavier and danker. Not bad but much less enjoyable.
Suggest this beer may be best when cold. Brewers suggestion of spritzer also sounds worth trying.

Aug 14, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Pour Taproom (SC).
Pours with a clear golden-amber body that's topped by a white head that soon reduces to almost nothing and leads tiny spots of lacing.
Medium+ carbonation; medium-light body. Lots of citrus peel in the earthy aroma.
The flavor is fruitier and cleaner than the aroma suggests. Mild bitterness but moderately tart.
Well hidden ABV.

Jul 20, 2017
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haines710 from Delaware

3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Curious and looking for a refreshing summer brew. Picked up a bottle at the local supermarket. Poured into a pint glass on a hot Saturday night. Smell was very faint fruit with very low carbonation and little head. Taste was almost pure grapefruit juice. Not my thing at all. Maybe would have been good outside in the sun but not a beer I will look for again. i can't believe it is high ABV. Don't taste the alcohol at all.

Jul 16, 2017
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

Pours a clear golden amber, white lacing for a head.

Smells of orange, tangerine and grapefruit over sweet bready malts.

Flavor is of orange and tangerine over bread and cereal malts. Finishes with citrus zest and a light citrus bitterness.

Full body, tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Tasty, pretty interesting. It has flavors that are light and refreshing but a heavy body and higher abv. Kind of an odd mix in that regard. Unique and memorable.

Jul 10, 2017
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint from a 22oz bomber.

Appearance: Semi cloudy amber to gold color with a whte head rising just about half an inch off the body. Drops quickly with almost no lacing at all.

Smell: Heavy oranges and lighter grapefruit. Strong but yet subtle.

Taste: Sweet tasty and thirst quenching oranges and tangerine. Lightly bitter offset with such a unique citrus.

Mouth: medium bodied but heavy stickiness. Sweet finish which lingers just enough.

Overall: Best beer of the day on this hot July 4th, think of your summer ale with doses of love. Salud!

Jul 05, 2017
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BeerSexLove from Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is yummy occasional beer. Wheaty with a seducing citrus overtone that I crave now and then. It's currently complimenting the moment: tackled a Saturday morning project and am enjoying an early afternoon beer while listening to garage punkadelic. Life can have its right on perfect nows.

Jul 01, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance was a ruddy burnt orange color with a sly transparency and a cap of a little white foamy head that slid off at a decent pace. Not much lace. The aroma had some sweet blood orange juice tones, sugars, light grapefruit pulp and grassy hops. The flavor was also extremely sweet through the prior mentioned aromas. Aftertaste and finish projected the same. The palate was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV, actually felt way under. Overall, interesting beer to say the least.

Jun 22, 2017
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Dwreck from Texas

2.96/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Beer poured flat. No head. Small amounts of sparse, tiny bubbles. Very translucent. Odd for a wheat beer. Smells of oranges and grapefruit. Probably the only positive highlight. No lacing. Feels crisp. Lots of citrus obviously. Not a bad flavor but the feel and lack of round carbonation makes this a let down to me.

Jun 04, 2017
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a half pint glass: color is gold, head is brighter white, fine to small bubbles, 1/4 inch top that dissipates to solid thin top.

Smell is neutral citrus, maybe some grapefruit rind, feint biscuity/wheat character.

Taste is super citrusy, more grapefruit than blood orange, tangerine rind might be hidden by the strength of these other flavors; malt flavor is neutral, maybe some wheat/toasted malt but feint. The citrus really dominates and makes it hard to find the beer like qualities and it especially hides the strength well.

Mouthfeel is very good for a nearly 9% beer - the citrus and low bitterness work well as the neutral acidity + bitterness of some citrus ipas can be numbing.

Overall an easy drinking 8.5% beer that has a super dominant citrus flavor - i could go for more malt flavor or aroma, but hard to do with the levels of citrus.

May 26, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium golden see through look with a quickly dissipating off white head. Sweet orange and citrus all over the nose of this beer, maybe some slight alcohol in the mix. Sort of a subdued flavor that has citrus elements ...this is almost like orange soda with a bit of alcohol on the end but not really sweet. Well carbonated with a medium drying mouthfeel. Doesn't really seem like a wheat beer but it's pretty decent.

May 25, 2017
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden in color. Clear in appearance. All the citrus present and accounted for. Light bodied. Nicely carbed. Simple grain malt profile lets the citrus shine through. Not bad. Wouldn't buy, but would drink if offered.

May 23, 2017
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johnnybgood1999 from Virginia

1.76/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Definitely got many of the flavors listed on the bottle. However, even though it was good, it tasted like a 5% wheat beer you get at a grocery store. Nothing special and certainly nothing I'd expect from an almost 9%abv beer.

May 22, 2017
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