Nu Skool IPA | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Nu Skool IPANu Skool IPA

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
After over a year of prototyping R&D batches of Nu Skool IPA, this final version is one special beer. It’s an approachable, well-balanced IPA with slight malty sweetness that’s brimming with tropical, fruity, spicy, piney & citrus character. To contrast our IPA (brewed since 2002), which most closely resembles a traditional English IPA in malt & hop bills, we wanted to brew an IPA in a new way. Like craft brewers, hop farmers have come a long way. This beer showcases just how far we’ve come with alluring aromas & explosive flavors using only new American & experimental hops. There’s no need to add anything else. It’s time to graduate to the next level of hop flavors with Nu Skool IPA.

HOP PROCESS: We used 3.5 lbs. of “new school” varieties of hops per barrel of beer. We load our hopback to the brim with Mosaic hops for a big tropical fruit character. A nice whirlpool dose of experimental hop #07270 gives the beer a flavorful, resinous character. We then dry hop this beer on two separate days with a large amount of Mosaic hops in our hop cannon & Simcoe + Equinox two days later.

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Ratings: 219 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of deereless
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wander4
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wrigfen
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, but left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrusy and tropical fruit hops are present in the nose—lemons and pineapples seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that there are also some hints of pine resin hops and there is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied and is crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this IPA; the smell and taste of the mixture of hops was very interesting. The lighter body nature also made it quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Winzlow
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nevermind the foo-foo wineglass reviews. This is a good IPA. Starts with an excellent hoppy aroma that that is both piney and tropical. Into the glass. I really like the translucent golden color - it looks very refreshing medium head and lacing. The taste is very good - highlights just what they say on the label. I do agree with the spice / rye and find it very interesting. Great overall example that goes well on these 93f degree days! Good stuff....will buy again.

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Photo of trdtercel92
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MrJuengling
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jpd026
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. can: bright and clear, golden hue with a white, foamy and sustained head.

The powerful aroma was almost abrasive to the olfactory: pungent aromas of bitter fruit explode from the can after opening.

The flavor is just a little less powerful in the hop presence, though there is a muddled, citrusy hop flavor that does detract from the overall drinking experience. There are some tangy, bittersweet fruit flavors, but they are just not very distinct like many other IPAs I have tried. The presence of malt is minimal.

Rather thin bodied with a very short-lived mouthfeel, very little lingering flavors on the palate.

The experimental hops just didn't do it for me. This is not an unacceptable IPA, it is just not my favored IPA hop profile. It is refreshing and dry for a hot day. It could simply be that I am "old school", not Nu Skool.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very good very solid IPA. Light, buttery, fresh and smooth. Very nice on a hot day. I have liked others from this brewer, and this one falls right in line.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of goalie35
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

12 oz. can into oversized wine glass.

Look: Pale gold with a short-lived white head that fades to a dense layer of lace and sticks to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Mostly citrus and resin from the hops. Some vague tropical fruit in there once it warms a bit.

Taste: Very much hop-forward, but not aggressive. Pale malt is there and it balances the bitter, piney, and citric notes just enough to keep it drinkable. The advertised tropical fruit flavor shows up as a brief flash of sweetness right before the hop bitterness takes over.

Feel: It feels like a 6%ABV IPA. It's not overly heavy or overly carbonated.

Overall: An easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of CharlesK
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Justinprintz
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brewski
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Skabiski
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chicagoish
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Raime
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased for $1.99 to round out a mix a six from my local kroger.

Look - From the can into a mason jar. Typical golden look with a touch of murk. Finger and a half of head with a moderate lace upon finish.

Smell - You get the tropical nature on the forefront but there is something weird going on like a taco bell fart lingering around the can.

Taste - Thankfully the taco bell fart doesn't linger into the taste. Mildly spicy from an assumed rye presence, tropics on medium with a mostly grassy deal going on.

Feel - Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Slight pillow effect due to head retention. Swallows easy with a slight spicy factor.

Overall - Pretty nice at a low price. Not an earth breaker but I have zero complaints aside from the odd nose. 6% is considered session by me so this is a head above other session brews. Never once gets too sweet to handle. Give it a shot.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE: June 1, 2017... OCCASION: Prepping for Game One with a beer that promises something old and something new--the Cavs embody this concept... GLASSWARE: La Fin du Monde tulip... pours a crystal-clear golden body with a flurry of oversized bubbles that build a three-finger clump of snow-white head, craggy with giant bubbles clinging to the glass... the first whiff of India escaped the can the second I cracked it; the second immediately upon pouring it... robust resin, knotty pine, toasted malts, light orange/lemon citrus, and light pepper make for quite a prolific expectation... first sip is vibrant as the effervescence portended, with an escaping tooth-rattle and a slippery malt finish... although a West Coast attempt is the aim, this still holds some East Coast bias as well...dry and light-bodied, belying its 6.0% ABV... thick clusters of bubbles linger as the glass drains... as promised, Mosaic and Simcoe burst with resin and pine, with tropical flavors of mango, grapefruit, orange peel and lemon--the full array in balance, while enough bread malts keep the beer from being a hop bomb... each sip simmers with a pleasantly light buzz... if this is how the Cavs play the series, I like their chances... as the fifth beer rated from the Overpack'd case, this is up there with 2XSmash...

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Nu Skool IPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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