A Wrinkle In The Fabric!
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
3.84 | pDev: 6.77%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Another dream beer for hop heads. Around 80ibus, feature two varieties of hops that we’ve recently experimented with: Huell Melon and Mandarina. Both hops offer subtle fruity notes like juicy cantaloupe and tangy orange. Residual malt sweetness matched with the refreshing summer fruit character of the hops makes this an exceptionally drinkable (bordering on crushable), double India Pale Ale.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium golden honey in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate medium yellow + golden yellow + burnt orange colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of thick film surrounded by a large patch of mottled very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical/melon, tropical/mango, herbal, and grassy hops over the top of moderate aromas of caramel + toasted + biscuit malts with a moderate amount of caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel + toasted + biscuit malts with a moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of tropical/melon, tropical/mango, herbal, and grassy hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades away fairly quickly leaving lingering malty sweetness behind.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy with a hint of dryness + alcohol warming in the finish.

O: A touch sweeter than I prefer my DIPAs without quite enough balancing bitterness from the hops - though the hop flavor and aroma profile is quite enjoyable. Alcohol is relatively well hidden.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 2/27/2018. Pours slightly hazy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin orange, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, strawberry, citrus peel/rind, light pepper, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin orange, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, strawberry, citrus peel/rind, light pepper, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin orange, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, strawberry, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, sticky/resinous/rindy, and lightly creamy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this is an awesome DIPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, with the moderately bitter/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Great showcase of Huell Melon and Mandarina Bavaria hops. Awesome balance between juicy, dank, and earthy hop complexity; nice bready malt backbone, with minimal residual sweetness. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. Loved the hop profile as expected.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from 7 11 Kittery
Slightly hazy light golden color with a decent off white head. Lots of Earthy citrus and pine with a solid bready caramel maltiness underneath. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of hman43
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours golden and there is a slight haze to it. It has a slightly off head head with excellent head retention.

Smell: There are strong aromas of melons. The strongest aroma is that of cantaloupe. There are moderately low orange notes. There are low notes of floral in the background.

Taste: There are strong citrus flavors with orange being the strongest. The is a melon element from cantaloupe with some resin in the background. It also has a bit of an orange peel element in the aftertaste.

Feel: It has a moderately full body that has a certain slickness to it. It is moderately heavy in the bitterness with adds more life to the flavor.

Overall, it is a heavy combination of melon and orange with a full bitterness element on the palate that is enjoyable without being overboard.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a one pint can on April 9, 2018. Episode two of six. Unfiltered double IPA brewed with Huell Melon and Mandarina Bavaria Hops. Decent.

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an imperial nonic a clear golden with a half finger sticky white head atop.Fresh herbal and grassy notes intertwined with melon and mango to go along with a big sugary sweet base.It's kinda boozy and very sweet on the palate,seems bigger than what it really is,there is some candied citrus fruit and a slight sweet onion presence as well.I know alot of beers this style are sweet but this is just too sweet with not enough balancing hops on the palate...Everything else is pretty top notch.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pop the top and take an immediate big whiff ..... all malt. Big, big malt. Then, the slightest bit of sweet, fruity hops.

The pour reveals a beer that is a burnt orange color, very hazy, and a substantial, soapy tan head. This is the picture in my head of a “beautiful beer” that isn’t a stout or a porter.

The hops are a bit more prominent on the nose after a pour into the glass, but there’s still more malt on the nose, including a spicy component. Rye maybe? A barleywine or DIPA with rye? Please let it be so.

The taste ..... I’m 15 minutes into this process now, on the taste immediately after getting the aromas, all malt. But as this warms and opens up, this settles squarely into “DIPA-ville,” with the hops getting a bit more bitter, but mixing well with the substantial malt base, and the spicy note that is now to me definitely rye (which guarantees it ISN’T rye), as well as subtle alcohol burn. This beer has gravitas.

The mouthfeel reflects that gravitas - a slightly oily feel from the hops, well-carbonated, and the slightest bit of a creamy texture. This is a “2-pints-and-an-Uber” beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours slightly cloudy, orange-gold in color with one inch head. Taste is honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and tangerine rind. Medium bodied, high carbonation, slightly juicy and slightly bitter. Makes for a solid IPA. A melon bomb of a beer. Better than the first beer in the series. Good, but I prefer other IPAs.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty gold color with a faint haze. Small white head but a good amount of lace.
Melon and citrus aroma. Some sweet malt.
Lots of melon in the taste. Oranges. Caramel.
The sweetness just clobbers you. I think too much, but it does calm down a little.

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Photo of Suds
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a tall, wrapped can, this brew is a light orange color with a medium haze and a slim white head. The aroma is really fruity...some citrus and lots of deep melon. The taste is wonderfully fruity with some spicy hops and rich malt. Full in body and flavorful. Good, but I'm not sure that I like the melon.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a little hazy but bright peach gold with medium head that leaves lace. Nose is fairly soft, with light mixed fruit cup along with some light dank and herbal notes. Not really what I expect from heull melon and mandarina bavaria, but okay.
Taste brings in that distinctive melon flavor, but is otherwise just okay...not "big" considering the 8.2%. Neither soft and fruity or bitter, this is an in-between IPA that doesn't quite achieve either. It seems too begin soft, but the bitterness takes over and turns it piney. Overall, just average, but it does grow on you after a bit.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into Libbey Tulip
Canned 2/27/18
L- pours an opaque burnt orange, with a big fluffy off-white head
S- malty, melon, pine
T- loads of caramel upfront, followed by melon, with bitter finish that is overshadowed by the booziness of the 8.5% ABV
F- medium-bodied, creamy feel, alcohol heat
Overall I enjoy the artwork, and the concept that ST is joining the canned, unfiltered craze, however this beer is a boozy mess, that covers over a decent tasting beer

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Photo of BB1313
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing golden with a fluffy white head that slowly falls leaving great retention and nice lacing. The aromas have a nice blend of tropical and citrus fruits. Malts are there. The flavors follow the nose. Some melon and orange leading the way. Some hints of pineapple. Moderate to light bitterness. Mild spiciness. Subtle sweetness. Malts do their thing. Finishes juicy. Alcohol goes unnoticed for the most part. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with light fluffy moderate carbonation. It's smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid DIPA. Solid hop aromas and flavors. It's flavorful stuff. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. I like it.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Hazy medium gold colored pour with dense white lacing and little to no carbonation.

S - Melon and orange aroma. Unique.

T - Balanced across the sip with light caramel malt, cantaloupe, orange, and finishes with a slightly earthy spicy frutiness, resiny pine bitterness, and some alcohol booziness. Overall, for the ABV, it's fairly well hidden.

M - Big medium to full bodied, sticky on the lips, smooth texture.

O - It's OK. Southern Tier has brewed much better big IPA's.

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Photo of Ronl12
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can into tulip. Dated 2/27/18.
Semi-cloudy golden orange with a very nice sweet tropical citrus nose.
Taste follows nose - candied orange/pineapple and grapefruit at end.
Has a medium nice feel.
Overall a very nice DIPA. Easy to drink and would drink again.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can

Pours mostly clear deep golden. Head is eggshell, fine and firm. Slowly dissipates to suds.

Smells of fresh citrus, cereal malts, and piney hops.

Flavor is of orange and grapefruit over cereal and biscuit malt. Citrus zest and piney and earthy hop finish.

Medium to full body, stinging carbonation on the tongue.

Pretty good DIPA, tends towards a NEIPA but it stops short of really embracing that style. Basically tastes like a juicier 2XIPA. Supposed to be unfiltered but it's pretty filtered looking.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$ 14.00 (Including tax)/four pack of 16 oz cans ($ 0.219/oz) at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA.
DOB 2/2?/2018 across bottom ridge of can, stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.75.
Body – Light orange, dirty. (Unfiltered)
Head – Large (Maximum 5.8 cm, slow center pour), off white, medium density with rocks, good retention, slooowly diminishing to a three mm lacy ring and a nearly complete thin layer with a few rocks. Head retraction leaves wide complete rings of lacing, consisting of mostly tiny to small bubbles.
Lacing – Good. Wide complete rings of tiny to small bubbles, with short stalactites between rings.
First pour – Light yellow, clear.
Aroma – 3.5 - Predominantly citrus with some melony notes. Both fade until only a slight citrus remains.
Flavor – 4 - Begins on a slightly sweet melony note. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with hints of citrus and chalk. Some malt backbone also pops up at the end. No alcohol, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.75 – Medium, almost creamy, lively carbonation.
Impression and summation – 3.75 – A nice-looking IPA with a pleasing aroma, pleasing mouthfeel, and a good flavor. Add to that moderately high alcohol and a low price point – you can’t go wrong!

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a light haze on amber. It's secretly orange with an eggshell colored head of foam that does not last too long. Nose is cantaloupe. Light dankness and smooth grasses. A bit of tropical sweetness and citrus. Light white pepper after it warms. The madarina bavaria smell like orange and orange peel with it's zesty spice. The huell melon are sensual with fresh melon and it's rind. Fresh juicy cantaloupe.

Drinks not quite sweetly with the bitterness from the melon rind and a touch of dank weeds. The alcohol lends a little bitterness to the beer but other than that you do not taste it or notice it on the nose. Finishes with just enough sweetness to offset all the grasses from hops. Aptly carbonated. Soft malt with only a little flavor. Just a bit of buttery cracker. Fresh light and summery. This beer was a pleasure and so dynamic because of the hops.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It comes in a hazy, yet translucent copper color, and boasts a large fluffy white head. The head dies down after a few minutes, leaving a tight film and sheets of lacing.

On the nose, you get the Huell Melon and Mandarina Bavaria for sure, as well as some nice malt. I'm getting notes of honeydew melon, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, green grape, gooseberry, honey, toasted bread, and slight herbaceousness.

On the palate, you get the honeydew melon, green grape, and gooseberry upfront. Then fellows with orange marmalade and candied pineapple. Some sweetness from the malt and abv then slide in, offering toasted bread and honey. A touch of orange peel bitterness comes in on the backend, but this DIPA isn't particularly bitter. It leans slightly sweet, but actually dries up pretty nicely on the finish. On the finish, you get some grass from the hops showing their Noble roots, before closing out with some lingering hop oil/malt sugar stickiness.

The mouthfeel is approaching full-bodied, smooth, slick, and slightly creamy, yet without carbonation to move across the palate. It leaves the palate sticky with resins.

Overall, a really good offering from Southern Tier. I still prefer the first iteration of the series--All Is Well At The Station--over this one, but this is still very well done.

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