Nu Skool IPA | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Nu Skool IPANu Skool IPA
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3.95/5
Very Good
341 Ratings
Nu Skool IPANu Skool IPA
BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by kell50 on 08-06-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,015
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
341
pDev:
7.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
86
Trade:
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Ratings: 341 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of Branlott42
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fitzy01
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewnme
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeWard
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. DOB 10/9/17, so 4 months old here.

clear pale golden yellow body, small white head, leaving little lacing

clean faintly fruity aroma.

all flavors are somewhat muted, but decently balanced, hops, malt, bot citrus and non citrus fruit. nice drink

somewhat below medium on the mouth though, and slightly bitter on the finish.

Overall, sum is greater than the parts. ST does better on other ipas, imho.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, orange-gold body with lace sheath ring down the glass. Aroma is earthy, grainy, has notes of tropical fruit and minimal citrus as well. Fuller, smoother body with minimal bitterness as there's more of a tropical and grapefruit sweetness than citric bitterness. Clean finish w/ good balance and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of SpaethJam
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on draft at Charleston Sports Pub in Charleston SC.

Arrives a straw color, lighter than I expected. I usually prefer the lighter colored IPAs because it typically indicates hop presence instead of caramel flavors and sweetness. This one didn’t disappoint. Clear with a nice topper of foam.

Aroma is wonderfully hoppy. Without even reading the description you can tell this is dry hopped to shit. Love it. Very floral aroma.

Flavor profile is simple but beautiful. The hops are the star here. The crispy cracker malt grain gives a solid flavor profile. Crisp and clean more floral hop flavor with a hint of citrus and pine. Perfectly bitter.

A little on the light side for an IPA but a stellar beer non doubt.

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Photo of Beejay
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A bright yellow color with a light white head.

S: Tangerine, pine, tropical fruit, and a nice bit of malty sweetness.

T: Grapefruit, tangerine, and pine. Solid bitterness with a resinous finish, and balanced malt.

M: Medium body, but the fairly high carbonation makes it feel lighter than it is. Some oily hops in the finish.

O: Overall a pretty solid IPA, not amazing, but solid.

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Photo of Gatch
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NolaHopHead
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsa7783
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Morris Tap and Grill in Randolph. Pours a golden effervescent hue with minimal frothing. Assertive aroma replete with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of kuhndog
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JimKal
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this as part of the Southern tier 15 variety pack. This is yet another one that didn't work for me. Poured into a NB Globe, nice head, darkish yellow, nice lacing on the drink down. Strangely, the carbonation was quite a bit less than I like in my IPAs. The taste was the real letdown for me. I get the tropical citrusy they were looking for. For me, not much pine and not very bitter. Taste is such an individual preference and this beer seems to work for many but not for me. I didn't really enjoy any of the beers in this 15 pack - nothing terrible but nothing I want to repeat.

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Photo of Jesterr44
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Description sounds great as I'm a big fan of Mosaic as well as a couple of beers which are dry hopped with Mosaic and Simcoe. Not all that much aroma upon opening; not a great sign. Looks nice with a tall white fluffy head; it will make me wait to taste it & I'm fine with that. Taste is tropical with a decent mix of light bready malt; at 6% taste is a little light - almost like a session. Mouthfeel is a little too thin. an enjoyable but forgettable IPA overall; some decent tropical flavour but the style is being done better in many other IPAs.

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Photo of coopdog1000
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ninaturner
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Diggy_Smalls
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I have it in a can. It's got a mild sweetness to it with a subtle spice in the after taste. There's a fruitiness to the flavor. Mellow hops, not much bight. It's a bright and clear yellow with a decent head. Not much lacing on the glass. It's refreshing and pleasant with a balanced flavor.

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Photo of Pencible
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a hazy gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like grapefruit with some dank herbal and grassy hops and honey biscuit.
T: It tasted like it smelled. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thin with moderate carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a nice IPA but nothing special in today's market. The scent and taste were clean and crisp but pretty basic. The body was weak, but the finish was light, so it was easy to drink. Solid brew but very forgettable.

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Photo of Suds
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Other than their pumpkin beers, I haven't seen much from Southern Tier since moving to the Midwest. I always liked this brewery, so it is good to get to try something new. This brew is a mostly clear golden color with a thick, bleached white head. The aroma is very fruity...I get lots of citrus and tropical fruit (not quite pineapple...but something close and lots of grapefruit). The taste is moderately bitter, and the spicy hops are showcased. Wonderful.

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Photo of Qwest_35
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tillmac62
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

COD 11/27/17 (?) Pours a hazy gold with a touch of amber. Very good head volume, outstanding lacing and retention.

Very good nose of blended hops. Tropicals are the most prevalent (pineapple and mango). Light citrus notes of lemon and orange plus a fair dose of tangerine. Underneath is a soft biscuit sweetness that falls short of cracker. The only thing keeping this from scoring outstanding is intensity.

Heavy light body that has a nice slightly oily texture. Outstanding carbonation / body balance. The middle is nicely effervescent while the finish is prickly.

The flavor profile is outstanding with a kicker but falls just short of quite outstanding. The big surprise is the amount and nature of the bitterness. The nose was deceptive. This IPA tastes like an IPA and has a moderate bitterness that is spruce, pine and sweet zest (not grapefruit)...NICE. Like the nose, hop flavors are blended but if you search, you can find all noted in the nose. The middle rises to a soft nice sweetness where the tropical hops rule, while the sharper hops appeared in the beginning. The sweetness slowly fades away while the robustly flavored bitterness takes center stage. The finish is a slow fade of sweet with bitter lasting into a classic IPA linger. I had to guess on the month of bottling, I just couldn't read it clearly.

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3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours slightly hazy and goldenstraw colored, the head rising to three fingers; the foam holds its shape and leaves a few squiggles on the way down

Smell: Juicy, with tropical fruit tones of mango and pineapple

Taste: Pineapple and mango forward, with berry and tangerine building; a dash of bitterness, through the middle, but the finish remains on the juicy side

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Enjoyable beer; along with the Pilsner, the best of this year's variety pack

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a chill hazed medium gold producing 3 fingers of soap bubble frothy, moderately lasting, eggshell white head that recedes to a dense 1/4 inch high island cap but only a thin collar leaving blotchey webs & bubbles of sticky, clumpy lace. Aroma is tropical, citrus & resinous pine hops with hints of caramel, honey & cracker. Taste is sweet fronted, predominantly tropical fruit & berry with lesser degrees of pine & citrus (grapefruit/orange) than expected balanced with caramel & other sweet malt character. Finishes bittersweet with tropical, citrus & sweet malt notes but rapidly transitions to a pine bitter & astringent aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, juicy & tongue crawling, a minor but nice prickliness with a drawing & drying aftertaste. Tasty & good but it lacks completely. The tropical hop and sweet malts blend produce a well-balanced brew but overwhelm the other flavors.

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Nu Skool IPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 341 ratings