Southern Tier Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,300
Ranked #12,425
3.97 | pDev: 8.82%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

orange golden in color, white head. aroma is pithy citrus - orange, tangerine, grapefruit. taste is fairly fruity too - medium bitterness. medium bodied.

May 29, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

2.99/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I bought a bottle of this off the single shelf at the Giant Eagle just down the street. It poured a clear golden with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent and taste reminded my of orange flavored medicine tablets I took as a kid. Big alcohol presence as well. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall the bottle I got was bottled in June 2017...so almost 9 mos old....wasnt a great beer for me.

Feb 03, 2018
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked up at wegmans, DOB on bottle noted as 6.12.17:

Poured into grip shaped goblet: color is gold, head is bright white with fine bubbles, head laces the glass sides, lingers with a top.

Smell is light citrus rind, i guess thats tangerine, hint of biscuit malt.

Taste is bit citrus rind bitterness that is a bit more bitter than i anticipated - maybe its the age of the brew that has caused some unwanted bitter rind dominant flavors. Flavor finishes with lighter malt and hint of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is moderate with some carbonation and lingering bitter dryness.

Overall an add take on the fruited hoppy beer with a strong bitter citrus rind aroma and flavor.

Jan 13, 2018
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

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

$ 10.00 (Including tax)/six-pack of 12 oz bottles ($ 0.139/oz) at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA.
DOB 06/16/17. Stored on the shelf at the store, in my 42 degree reefer at home. Served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Initially, general citrus with some sourness. Rapidly fades.
Head – Just breaks into large (Maximum 4 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy with rocks, average retention, diminishing to a nine to ten mm frothy ring fed by effervescence. There is a mostly thin complete layer with a couple rocky islands.
Lacing – Excellent. Thick complete rings of almost exclusively tiny bubbles, connected by short columns.
Body – Orange, chill haze, effervescent.
Flavor – Begins with a slightly bitter general citrus flavor with the bitterness more like the white reticulum associated with citrus peel than from malt or hops. A bit of malt sneaks through, probably because of the age of this beer. No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl.
Palate – Medium, watery, soft carbonation.

Impression: Actually pretty passable for a nearly five-month old DIPA. The citrus is more generic than tangerine, but that could be due to the age of the beer. In general, I have found the 2X series of beers from ST to be more flavorful and enjoyable than their regular beers, even if not better rated. Since this is rotating brew, I’ll try to snag some earlier next year. The price point is excellent.

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75.

Oct 24, 2017
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much to offer about this beer except steer clear.
(But I otherwise enjoy the brewer)
a) Body a orange-reddish golden pour... finishes flat, leaves no lace. (Fruit kills body)
s) Offers tangerine... sweet citrus and fruit, and little else.
t) Tangerine dominates the palate. sweet citrus... orange juice and too much fruit!
f) Fruit thins this to juice.
o) Can anyone make decent tangerine ale? So why bother? Pass.

Oct 21, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, gold in color with minimal head. Taste is earl grey tea with tangerine on the aftertaste. Medium heavy bodied, moderate carbonation and slightly bitter. Makes for a tasty and above average ipa...I prefer others but this is solid.

Sep 09, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Pint glass

L: Cleary golden pour... 2 fingers of foamy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Tangerine... sweet citrus and fruit.

T/F: Light grains and sweet without a lot of malt character. The tangerine overwhelms the palate, but not in a terrible way. Sweet citrus... orange juice with some underlying floral notes and pepper. Bitterness is present but hidden. Light in body... warming with a bittersweet finish. heavy on the citrus.

O: For a tangerine DIPA it's better than most. It's a little sweet but this works pretty well for this brew. Refreshing and definitely a summer beer.

Sep 05, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Southern Tier Brewing Co. "2XTangier"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "DOB 06/15/17" and sampled on 07/25/17
$2 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Great looking glass of beer. It's a clear deep golden body beneath a rocky head of just slightly off-white foam. The aroma displays a distinct note of orange over a sweetish malt base with some additional light spiciness thrown in. The flavor follows, and I almost find a mintiness with the orange. I get the orange first, and then the mint with it, and then the sweetish bready malt and then back to the mint and a bit of herbs going into the finish. It's also solidly bitter, clearly showing you that it's a double IPA but not going to the point that it's too harsh and dry and you end up with that "bitter beer face" that Keystone Light used to advertise. I wonder what the hops are in here? It's interesting for sure, and certainly unique. What's the alcohol here? 8.1% ABV? Ayyyeee! I don't find any alcohol though except for perhaps a feeling of it in the finish. It doesn't stand out on its own. Medium bodied and crisp. Definitely worth trying if you're both a fan of fruit beers and double IPAs.

Jul 25, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle on July 19, 2017. Look is deep amber with a fluffy head and lingering lacing. Smell and taste is orange and bitter citrus with and a very nice balance of bitter hops and sweet malts. Feel is medium in body with a smooth finish.

Jul 20, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.11/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle to tulip, the appearance was a burnt golden color with a little white foamy head that fell off at a decent pace. Light trickling lace. The aroma had some stale cracker-like malts playing with some grapefruit sweet to bitter hops. Some light hop spice. The flavor was moderately sweet through the blend of the prior mentioned aromas. Malty sort of aftertaste. Finish was a bit sticky. The palate was medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine. Overall, not really a standout DIPA for me, perhaps do-able in a pinch.

Jun 22, 2017
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is bready malts, spices and mild tangerine. The flavor is tangerine, hops/hop resin, spices, bready malts and an alcoholic/bitter/very slightly sour finish. Old, so not completely objective, but still decent really.

Dec 29, 2016
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Alevine22 from South Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Personally I'm not an IPA fan but i had a tangerine beer that was amazing (and am trying to find). So i thought i would give this a go. Has hop to it but was hoping for more of a sour or citrus taste over the hops.

Nov 16, 2016
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EvoRich from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Nice deep amber. Pours with nice fluffy head

Smell: Citrus is prominate.

Taste: Very crisp, a lot of orange and lemon flavors.

Feel: Very crisp and thirst quenching.

Sep 22, 2016
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Verona Inn. Pours a clear, copper hue with minor frothing. Mellow aroma reminiscent of tangerine and citrus florals. Similar flavor profile and overall very refreshing. Not bad.

Sep 21, 2016
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

IMO this seems way better than the regular Tangier like more tangerine fruit juice. Not just a fruit based beer this has a ton of citrus and piney hops to keep it interesting. One of the better 2x beers I have had in a while!

Sep 10, 2016
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98green from Michigan

4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter. Medium gold and clear. Smell is light sweet citrus. The tangerine is there. Taste is moderate bitter up front, then sweet citrus follows. Bitter dissipates quickly. Malt is light. Feel is on the sweet side, from the fruit not malt. ABV very well hidden. This is dangerously crushable. Overall a very solid fruited double IPA.

Jul 17, 2016
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muchos from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L. Almost totally clear orange with a 1 cm head which reduces to a healthy ring and a patchy film in a few minutes.
S. Big citrus aroma up front, floral, more citrus, honey, mango, melon. Smells sweet.
T. Sweet citrus, bitter grass, peach pie, orange, pina colada. A touch of pine in the aftertaste.
F. Body is a bit more than medium, slightly creamy, resinous in the aftertaste.
O. Sweeter than expected, but balanced. The flavor of tangerine is noticeable and compliments the bitter and citrus flavors of the hops pretty well, in my opinion. Cheers!

Jul 16, 2016
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PA-hunter from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. 8.1% abv

Appearance- Golden orange with a large white head. Clear. Ample lacing.

Smell- Pine, tangerine citrus, malt

Taste- Sweet crackery malt with an even sweeter citrus flavor. Tangerine prominent, as well as grapefruit from the hops. Becomes piney as the flavor continues on. Has a lasting bitterness that remains citric and peppery.

Mouthfeel- Heavy in body with active carbonation.

Overall- A double ipa that makes use of a simple citrus flavor (tangerine) and pairs that with the grapefruit hop bite. Almost as good as a certain Ballast Point offering that uses grapefruit IMO. Still lively and fresh nonetheless. Solid offering for the 2xIPA fans.

Jul 16, 2016
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I recently had a few Tangiers, and now I am having a few of these 2x, and I think the 2x treatment is what this needed.

It's a nice, slightly cloudy with a tiny head. The aroma is weak but nice - hoppy.

The taste has a lot less of the fruit taste and tartness coming through than the single version, but it is all better balanced with the hoppy, malty big beer taste, giving it a lighter feel that it would otherwise have.

This is a big malty beer, to be sure, but it has a lighter feel. Highly recommended.

Jul 15, 2016
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atr2605 from New York

3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a golden straw color with a white head with good retention
S-tons of orange citrus, pine, spice
T-domianted by orange and pine, followed by a bit of sweetness from the malt, and a bit of resin in the finish followed by more orange
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-not quite as hoppy as I expected, but great citrus flavors

Jul 14, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.99/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Darker amber than the single, with no head except for a thin ring.

Dank catty orange, with the tangerine and crackery malt taking a back seat.

All of their IPAs have a similar feel of being slightly frothy.

Jul 12, 2016
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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, copper body with one-finger head and lace ring around the glass. Tangerine and grapefruit dominate the aroma. Smooth, light bodied, the tangerine, along with some grapefruit, add a slightly acidic but overall really sweet taste to this beer that is easy to drink and thankfully not overly sweet/cloying as some hoppy goodness/bite comes through right on the backend.

Jul 12, 2016
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LAp from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Nosed from the bottle it's straight citrus hops. Lots of tangerine, kumquat, grapefruit, and citrus rinds. Pours a clear orange (almost like a clear Belgian). A one finger white head rapidly rises and recedes almost immediately. Bubbles of carbonation continue to rise from the bottom and off imperfections in the glass wall (i.e. a very carbonated beer). The palate is big citrus hop right off the bat. A juicy citrus element is countered well by tangy kumquat that balances out the more sweet tangerine taste. Mouthfeel is light-medium. Overall, a strong offering from Southern Tier. Nothing incredible, but an interesting beer at a good price.

Jul 08, 2016
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, golden coloring with a strong flow of carbonation throughout the body, and a low profile, filmy, white head. Aromas of wet grass and pine tassel blending with tangerine, lemon, orange rind, and grapefruit. Very fruity, but the initial blast of vegetal notes helps keep everything in check. Flavors are very juicy citrus and slightly acidic forward, heavy on the tangerine notes. Seriously, it's like someone peeled one of those Cutie tangerines in your mouth. Combined with lemon and grapefruit notes, this citrus component balances with a mossy and grassy hops character, all with overtones of roast throughout. The body is slick, light, and slightly dry, with a citrus bonanza in the aftertaste. The dry character holds true through the finish, with a subtle resinous linger, a building citrus acidity, and a bit of bitterness that begs to drink more. Good beer.

Jul 08, 2016
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Stignacious from New York

4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Holy Crap. This is fantastic. Pours clear burnt orange out of the bottle with a creamy, off-white, and fluffy head. Smells like straight-up tangerine, go figure. On the palate, this beer knocks most other fruit-additive IPA's out of the water. Loads of tangerine up front with subtle floral notes on the back end to smooth things out. The ABV is not noticeable in any capacity. Really refreshing on a hot day, and highly drinkable, medium body or not. Astronauts really got screwed having to take Tang into space instead of this number; my surprise great beer for the year so far.

Jul 07, 2016
2XTangier from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 127 ratings