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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Photo of schoolboy
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This dry, citrusy AIPA greatly exceeded expectations. I expected a one dimensional or light flavored brew and instead it is one dimensional (hoppy, dry) AIPA that doesn't feel skimpy.

It pours a nice light yellow AIPA color. The aroma is very hoppy and fresh yeasty. The taste is mostly just hoppy, but the profound piney and citrus hops flavors bring out a little yeast taste. I would never peg this as Southern Tier - they changed things up nicely.

This is a really good, aptly named AIPA that isn't going to overpower with malts or be a boring, dry, low alcohol. Recommended. I have to see if I can get more and hopefully it will get hot outside - this should be a great refreshment.

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Photo of Act25
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I like this brewer, and this beer. I found the look lack lustre but all else is good.
A) Pours a slight hazed golden body with massive, clingy amounts of carbonation, that disappoint in the head and the lace department.

S) FRESH! tropical, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit hops spread over light caramel + biscuit malts.

T: Upfront as in the aroma but ample and BIG, Fresh, and juicy - as promised. Hops are mostly a fruit salad balanced over malty bread that resolve in a slow-fade, spicy bitterness that leaves you in a great place.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, finishing crisp with a hint of dryness.

O: Peppery in the finale, well balanced, fresh.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bready malt and tropical fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Citrusy hops, bready malt and tropical fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Nice, pleasant brew.

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Photo of IronLover
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow in color with a slight haze. Poured with a tall, frothy, creamy, bright white foam with excellent retention. Medium high, sharp spicy herbal and tropical citruse aromas with light oniony notes. Medium light malt aroma manages to show through the hoppiness. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation and creamy smooth feel through the middle. Pleasant boozy warmth grows from the middle to the end. Medium high spicy herbal and sharp citrus hop flavors up front followed by medium hop bitterness in the middle that slowly tapers through the finish. Medium light malt backbone throughout. Finished semi-dryly with a pleasant boozy bite and pine hop bitterness along with a light sweet maltiness. Well balanced IPA that showcased tasty hop flavors and aromas while providing enough malt character to support the hops and provide a great creamy smooth feel. Bitterness is assertive but not too aggressive making this a very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of rypkr
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Easter basket gift from my girlfriend... Not a fan of southern tier but this was better than expected. Fruity pineapple on the nose, dank grapefruit tasting and drinks a little thin.

I wouldn't buy it given a lot of choices but I'd certainly choose it over a fair amount if other mid abv ipas.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a golden yellow, translucent straw color with a one finger satin white head. Laces the glass well.

Aroma: Slightly waxy with a dank, musky tropical smell. I'm getting honey, grapefruit pith, mango, and spicy pine sap.

Taste: Mildly bitter but not overtly so. Flavors of tangerine, orange rind, pineapple, mango guava, and mild grapefruit. Slightly peppery. Savory notes of honied malt on the finish. The finish is the best part about this beer for me, it's got lots of candied notes of pineapple and a long, vaguely floral and spicy, dried honey like aftertaste.

Feel: Crisp. Bittersweet. Medium body. Low carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall: A nice IPA. This is a thirst quencher. . . Well balanced, not exactly leaning towards bitter or sweet in particular and very juicy. Dry with a sweet, slightly spicy finish. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Lucular
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really nice tropical fruit aroma and flavor. Not sure about appearance as I was drinking from the can. This was by far my favorite from the 15-pack of 5 different beers.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a light amber with gold tints and a thin white head.

Aroma is a light mango and bitter citrus fruit peel.

Flavor is heavy on the sweat bread malt, with a light tropical note at the end.

Not exactly totally new school but good.

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Photo of gr0g
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can that's only a couple weeks past its "date of birth." A little darker than straw-colored with nice head retention and lacing. Smells grassy and citrus forward. Not really much of the tropical fruit aromas I associated with new school hops. Flavor profile is bone dry and plenty bitter. Not much of a malt backbone at all -- in a blind tasting, I'd be inclined to say that this is a light, sorry, "session" IPA. In short, this is a bone-dry IPA that, to me, fits more into the "APA" bucket than the "IPA" bucket.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.02/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$10.99 per six pack at a Whole Paycheck in Brooklyn.

Does a poor job at trying to showcase Mosaic hops, failing to evoke any blueberry flavour whatsoever. I get floral hop character, pale malts, and grapefruit. Very simple and straightforward, with average depth of flavour at best and little of interest in terms of hop flavour. To its credit, it isn't overly malty or anything and there are no off-flavours, but for a beer billed as a new school Mosaic hopped IPA it's pretty disappointing.

I'm impressed Southern Tier can brew this beer consistently on the scale they do, but it's just not remarkable work given the current landscape of this oversaturated style. To stand out with an IPA, you've got to bring a hell of a lot more to the table than this. Drinkable enjoyable work, but with Lagunitas' IPAs available at a better price even as out-of-state imports in the New York market - not to mention local brews that cater to fans of the unfiltered IPA novelty - this doesn't stand a chance. Maybe it will succeed in states in Southern Tier's distribution footprint that don't have interesting IPAs being put out locally, but I can't recommend it to others over more widely available less expensive offerings in the style and there's nothing unique or special about it whatsoever.


Further impressions from another can:

Love the froth of the head. Body is clear and clean - obviously a filtered brew. For an IPA, it looks the part.

I'm not getting any Mosaic hops at all flavour-wise. Hop profile is fairly insipid, nodding towards vague fruit and generic floral flavours at best. Bitterness is reined in, but depth of flavour just isn't there and balance isn't dialed in to the extent one would expect in such a simplistic build.


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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 2/16/2017. Pours lightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, peach, apricot, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, guava, grapefruit, mango, melon, berries, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/fruity/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, peach, apricot, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, guava, grapefruit, mango, melon, berries, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, peach, apricot, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, guava, grapefruit, mango, melon, berries, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, cracker, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/fruity/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, sticky/resinous/rindy, and fairly grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is an awesome IPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/fruity/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink; despite the increasing drying/bitter finish. Super dank and vibrant on hops, with just enough malt for bitterness support. Very west-coast styled all around. A really delicious offering.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.75] The can lists the ABV (6.0%) and there is a clear canned date on the bottom (02/08/2017). The beer is a amber color and has 1 finger of rich white head.

S: [3.50] Dank, pineapple, pine, slight mango and lemow rind.

T: [3.75] Biscuity and crackers, lime rind, orange, pineapple.

M: [4.00] Zippy carbonation and medium body. Low bitterness and bite.

O: [3.75] This is a decent beer - not like discovering the New World but still serviceable. There are definitely hints of citrus in the nose and flavor. These are delivered without the punch of bitterness that sometimes is forced into IPAs.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves lots of sticky lacing

S: Lots of citrus and tropical fruitiness up front with a touch of malt in there for good measure

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the citrus and tropical fruitiness and goes into some light bitterness and some malt. Finishes with lingering fruity notes and some grainy maltiness

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid IPA that really lets the hops shine. Easy to drink. Worth checking out

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Photo of wedge
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DOB 02/08/2017

Clear yellow gold with a small, dense, frothy head. Fruity, tropical hop aromas...grapefruit, mango, berries, and a little cereal. Smooth fruity hopiness in the mouth. Tangerine, mango, pineapple, lemon, apricot, and floral notes. Medium, fluffy body with a dry, refreshing finish. Pretty good.

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Photo of Tone
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of floral hops, sight spicy hops, slight sweet malt, pale malt, slight wheat, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, spicy hops, slight citrus hops, hint of pine, slight wheat, pale malt, hint of earthiness, and slight sweet malt. Overall, good appearance and aroma, blend is decent, and the body is average.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfect golden yellow with well defined bubbles to be seen constantly on the rise to greet a fat creamy head of white foam. Just a little haze. The nose is spicy, grassy and has lot sof lemon. A good neutral malt can be seen on the nose. The reason i say neutral is because it does not smell breaddy nor does it smell sweet. You can get a sense of it though. as the beer warms a light tropical note begins to emerge and as it comes just a little bit forward it is sweetly tempting. Drinks with perfect balance and a small tingle from bitterness and bubble. Crisp impeccably clean finish. That is where the lightness int he body can be glimpsed; in the fact that the beer is clean rather than the idea that the malt is missing or too light. There is enough malt to satisfy the palate but the beer remains hop forward int he drink. Finishes crisp and spicy with hops outlasting the malt but not over crowding it with bitterness. The bitterness is firm and the mouthfeel is like silk. The malt is creamy, round and finishes first. The hops linger a bit longer and show you softness, a little spritz from those bubbles and that tiny tropical sweetness. Exemplary and very food friendly.

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Photo of ShortysTRM
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is honestly one of the best beers available in my area now. We have had Southern Tier for years, and I've liked most everything they offer, but this is special. We have acquired a lot of new offerings in my state, and this may be the most tropical hop-bomb available. Big, juicy pineapple, orange, and mango. So much so, I wondered if it was actually a fruit-infused beer. This is one I can wave in front of my wife's face, and she actually thinks it smells good. I'm not sure how it only has an 89 out of 100 as of this review, but it's absolutely delicious, and the fact that it's widely available and not overly expensive make it something I'll be drinking by choice as long as it's available where I'm at.

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Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big tropical waffs on the smell.all up in there in the nose. Pours a good 3 finger sticky shatter resinous smelling head. Pick up an azzaca type flavor in the base of the beer.Up front taste is almost just a blanc cold refreshing juice of orange and papayas pineapple honey grapefruit burst, then the twang of the beer takes over. It finishes clean. Not a heavy sitting Ipa either , easily could drink six by myself and enjoy it.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Clear gold with a huge, fluffy white head.

S: Hugely pungent and ripping. Orange and grapefruit oils spraying in your face. Some bittersweet pineapple, lots of apricot and peach, and a little bit of mango. Just a touch of biscuit and honey. Slightly dank and resinous as well, but subtly. Smells massively fresh, fruity, floral, and crisp.

T: Lots of orange and yellow grapefruit. The juice, pith, and zest all at once, because it's sweet, bitter, and spritzy simultaneously. Then it shifts towards apricot, fuzzy yellow peach, tart pineapple, and a touch of mango. The malt backbone is slightly biscuity and honey-like, but it's always in the background and not sweet. Very crisp. Finishes lightly dry, with a touch of dankness and resin, and more citrus peel, but no massive lingering bitterness, either. Fairly crisp and clean overall.

F: Medium-bodied, medium-carbonated. Smooth, crisp, clean, dry, and quaffable.

O: This is the real freakin' deal. Fruity enough to appeal to the New England IPA crowd, yet resinous and enough to appeal to West Coast fans. One of the best mass marketed IPAs behind Lagunitas Born Yesterday. Excellent. Highly recommended.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a vibrant golden color with lots of chill haze and a two finger, rocky off white head. Retention is above average and there are sticky chunks and spots of lacing left all over the glass.

Smell is mango, pineapple, papaya, tangerine and a slight herbal earthiness. Very bright.

Taste is similar. Starts off fruity and transitions nicely to an earthy, moderately bitter finish. All the while there is a decent, but not intrusive bready malt backbone allowing the hops to shine.

Feel is light, smooth and crisp. Very refreshing and drinkable.

Overall a very good beer. The earthy bitterness muddles the fruit flavors a bit, but makes for a nice bite on the finish. I prefer 2xSmash, but this is a very good hoppy beer from Southern Tier.

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Photo of BB1313
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2/17/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze but still has nice clarity and transparency; big fluffy white head that falls leaving great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are tropical with a touch of malt. Lots of pineapple with some hints of grapefruit and lemon. The mosaic hops shine with a touch of simcoe. The flavors basically follow the nose. Lots of mosaic hop flavors. More pineapple and grapefruit with some hints of pine and fresh grass. Solid malt backbone, but the malts are balanced. Solid hop bitterness. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light to the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's very fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a very nice IPA. Nice hop aromas and flavors. Well done. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 1/17/17.

Pours clear yellow with an average duration head and retention. Aromatics are tropical-forward with candied orange, mango, grapefruit, and a hint of pine. Light bodied and crisp. The hops found in the nose are not as pronounced on the palate, there is a nice hop bite though with more pine than fruit and grapefruit pith following through. Very little malt and a low but balancing bitterness. Finishes with some lingering hop bite and fading citrus.

Nice beer. I'll put it in the rotation if I can keep finding it relatively fresh.

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Photo of a-BeerDrinker
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1+ finger finely poured ivory head that receded to a very thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: Fruity, you can definitely smell pine/hops as well. Fruit and berries solid on the nose.

T: Light, juicy front with a medium hop bite at the end. Some toasted hops mixed in. As the beer warms the luscious fruit flavors disappear and the hops becomes more prominent at the front.

M: Very nice, medium body. Right about where it should be. Bitterness at the end finishes smoothly. No lingering alcohol.

O: A very good, well-balanced IPA, worth $9 for 6. Would recommend finishing in 15 minutes or less, but overall would definitely buy again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can in SC.
Clear amber body with a large white head. The head is durable and leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Fine-grained visible carbonation.

Aroma: pungent piney and tropical fruit with hints of grass, herbs and citrus peel.

Flavor: a touch less hoppy than the aroma suggests. Hints of citrus and other tropical fruits. Moderate bitterness for style.

Feel: medium-light body with lively, medium carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

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Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent gold with one thumb of ivory colored head. Nice head retention & lacing

S: Much citrus & a little mango

T: Tangerine, breadyness & mango up front. Orange & tangerine as this warms, some mango & grassyness as well. Finishes juicy & grassy

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, nice balance, although it does thin out a bit as it warms

Juicy, very drinkable, a little more body would push this along better. Would buy this again if looking for a citrus fix

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