Nu Skool
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #2,070
Ranked #13,378
3.93 | pDev: 7.63%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
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Notes: 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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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$ 2.00 (Including tax)/16 oz can ($ 0.125/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 2/25/19.
“DOB 01/11/2018” stamped on bottom of the can. In reefer at distributor. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Yellow, hazy. When held to the light, it becomes translucent.
Head – Large (Maximum 7.3 cm, aggressive center pour, white, low density, good retention, slooowly diminishing to an irregular seven to eleven mm lacy ring and a large, mountainous, foam island. Many islands and archipelagoes of tiny to small bubbles remain after the head retracts. The second pour produces a much smaller, denser head.
Lacing – Good. Broken rings of thick, three-dimensional foam comprised of tiny to medium bubbles.
First pour – Light yellow, hazy.
Aroma – 3.75 – Resin and some powdery citrus.
Flavor – 3.5 – Begins slightly bitter with none of the nose resin and only some of the citrus. No alcohol (6% ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.5 – Considering this can is over a year old, it’s still an above-average IPA.

Feb 25, 2019
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Dogboywonder from New York

3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

“Nu Skool” as a name would seem to suggest that this is supposed to be a contemporary stylec NEIPA. In fact this a little closer to an older Styled NEIPA. It’s a little more malt forward w just a hint of hop juiciness. It’s good, but not great

Feb 24, 2019
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale orange Amber with an off white head with decent retention.

Citrus and floral notes in the nose with some resinous pine and earthy undertones.

Taste is citrus up front orange, lemon, and lime followed by some sticky pine notes. There is a slight biscuit malt middle leaning towards a earthy dry finish.

Oct 13, 2018
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clean golden amber, with a thick white head of suds and limited lace.

Aroma: Tropical fruity hops, high grade here.

Taste: Tropical fruity hops again, balanced with caramel malts. An absolutely solid modern American IPA.

Sep 12, 2018
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Mandpasbury from North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, golden straw color with half a finger of off-white foam. There is a bit of lacing that is very stubborn. It has a big hop nose with floral and citrus accents - all very pleasing. Its taste is is just what I thought it would be... Lots of Pine and citrus with nice fruity overtones. Overall I like this beer a lot and the only thing that I could even remotely say was not completely up my alley was that it had an alcohol - forward finish that stayed with me for a while... and that is being Ultra picky. Highly recommend this beer and will certainly pick up another 6 the next time I see it on the shelves.

Sep 07, 2018
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psycHOPathy from Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazyish orange-yellow body, one finger of foam
Woody, malty, and spicy. Some soft citrus and tropical scents also. Papaya maybe
Honey, mango, oak, spice, grass, raisins
Medium, somewhat syrupy feel
This was a weird twist on the tropical IPA take. It was fine, but not what I expected

Sep 05, 2018
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Ricochet from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pillowy head with plenty of lace leftover. Cloudy light yellow.
S: Rose petals? Slight fruit. Otherwise, first impression. Rose petals.
F: Bitter on the ends, dry finish
T: A "doughnut" IPA. Outside bitter with fruit/raisin hops flavor and a peppery finish, but there's a hold in the middle. Not a full flavor, just one that hits the edges of the tongue. There's a little lemon to the bitter as well.
O: Decent for new IPA drinkers, but didn't have the follow up that I'd want/expect.

Aug 03, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chill haze burnt gold with a thin white film.

Smell is an off sort of stale toast, which kind of misses the point of the 'style'...

Taste is not particularly unique either, with some orange and lemon spread over biscuit and a slight bite of bitter greens with a hint of pine wood.

The round frothy medium body finishes tangy and semi-dry.

Jul 02, 2018
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singletary from Mississippi

3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It pours a nice golden yellow color with a small white head. The smell is of citrus but not to strong. The taste is very well balanced, a mild bitterness and a good malt sweetness that fits in very well. Again it has a balanced taste nice carbonation and leaves a good lacing to the glass. Overall a pleasnet and enjoyable drink.

Jun 24, 2018
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MikeFischer04 from Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned late April, enjoyed late June in VA. Didn't expect this one to be anything special.. Extremely good taste with a unique bitterness that creeps instead of hits. This must be due to the "wetness" of the beer. Idfk.. It's excellent.

Jun 23, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this during my bestie's member guest outing at his country club...the cabarrus country club. It poured a clear golden with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had faint citrus peel hop. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a nice beer.

Jun 15, 2018
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rickyfinn from Minnesota

3.04/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Looks good, dark golden haze. Floral smell. Head retains good lacing, but way too aldehydic. Finish like a mouthful of fresh cut hay that lasts and lasts. I LIKE IT, but maybe an acquired taste. Very strong and lingering.

Jun 13, 2018
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BillRoth from Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Duff’s Rochester. Decent IPA. While I love the Mosaic the experimental hop brought a resinous taste and slightly harsh bitterness I found distracting and slightly discongrous . Nothing wrong with it. Went fine with wings. Just would not have again. Love Southern Tier, but in my case...Keep experimenting!

May 29, 2018
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DrMullet from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium yellow with moderate head and persistent lacing.
Smell his grapefruit and a hint of spice.
Taste is grapefruit, pine and a moderate bitterness.

May 27, 2018
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izraelc from New York

3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The best thing about Southern Tier is their beers are consistent. No matter what you're guaranteed a solid delicious beer. Pours light but packs a lot of flavor. A nice clean taste. A little sweet and citrusy with a heavy hop finish. Very well rounded.

May 20, 2018
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brewme from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked-up as part of a mixed fifteen-pack of cans at Kappy's in Norwell for about twenty dollars. Decent IPA, nothing special, would probably not buy again.

Apr 29, 2018
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jhasler0 from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I would describe this as a tame IPA for folks interested in the taste of an IPA less bitter than most. It's a beer I'll happily drink but I rarely crave. It falls into the rare category of IPAs that people that hate IPAs will drink.

Apr 21, 2018
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doctortobogggan from New York

4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome tropical aroma with pineapple standing out most. Taste is similar. Crisp, light body - probably because it's a slightly lower ABV than your average IPA. Would love a DIPA with this hop profile.
Poured from can 3 months post-DOB.

Apr 15, 2018
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Profundobaso from New York

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - poured from a 12 oz can. Straw yellow in color with a nice three finger head. A lot of lacing left behind. Promising in look.
Smell - hoppy with tropical flavors. mango, passion fruit, peach. not overly sweet though.
Taste - a lot of tropical flavors in taste, with a nice hoppy bite in the finish. very tasty.
Feel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, and appropriate ABV at 6%.
Overall - its an experimental IPA that is fruity and refreshing. I appreciate the strong tropical flavors without being overtly sweet/artificial. Well done.

Mar 15, 2018
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nu Skool - Southern Tier
IPA - 6% abv

L - 1.5 finger head atop a translucent yellow body.

S - citrus, pine, sweet malt.

T - citrus hops at first. Some dankness. Some pine. Medium bitterness and sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body and feel.

O - One of Southern Tier’s best ipas.

Mar 10, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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, both 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.

Feb 11, 2018
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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Feb 09, 2018
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SaCkErZ9 from South Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Jan 24, 2018
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Beejay from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Jan 23, 2018
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Jan 11, 2018
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