The Psychic Laser
Southern Tier Brewing Company

The Psychic LaserThe Psychic Laser
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 11.31%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
51
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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The Psychic LaserThe Psychic Laser
Notes: Tropical, fruity, piney and citrusy notes. Complex citrus and tropical hops in an intensely fruity Saison

The third release in our Science is the Art Collection stays with our double IPA theme, but with a twist. We’ve moved away from our house ale yeast in favor of saison’s estery, earthy and spicy notes. We love the way these essential saison characteristics meld with the tropical, fruity, piney and citrusy notes from some of our favorite hops: Mosaic, Ekuanot, and Simcoe. All of this and some light malts? Blast. Off.

Scene Three: The Psychic Laser. The captain is targeted by an unknown force. Is it an attack, or is the psychic laser some strange communion? The story continues in July with Episode Four.
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3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz canned 4/24/18 (6 months ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 8.5% ABV. The beer pours fairly hazy golden amber in color with off white head. The head lasts forever and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is clovey and barnyard as the yeast has overtaken the hops as the driver. The taste is semisweet vs. semitart funky earthy strange brew. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, too old to pass judgement. Leaving this review for science and rating to the average, as I'm sure the brewer did not intend this product to be consumed at 6 months post canning.

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jkblr from Indiana, Nov 02, 2018
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3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It is hard not to judge this brewery’s beers against on another. They have so many world class brews that set a high standard. This one, although still solid, doesn’t meet the bar that the other amazing brews have set. It is a hazy, straw colored beer with a white head. The aroma is citrus and spice, melon and some hop notes. Fainter than I would have liked. The taste is balanced, a bit warming, and really kind of uninteresting. The body is full and hefty, just okay...it doesn’t stand apart from other strong beers.

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Suds from Missouri, Aug 25, 2018
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3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Was excited to try this but overall disappointing. Smells and tastes like cloves. This is a dank and murky hazy beer. Nice lacing and decent head when poured from 16 oz can. Drinking it slowly and it’s not getting much better. For me there are a lot better DIPA options. Glad I only picked up two cans at the supermarket.

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haines710 from Delaware, Aug 04, 2018
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3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge orange and tropical fruit aroma, pours an almost opaque orange with a white head. The flavor starts with a touch of malt sweetness, the dancing between pineapple, mango, orange, and papaya, leaving a mild bitter finish. Full body, and a rich mouthfeel make this a beer to savor. This is one fine Double NEIPA.

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4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Brewing Company "The Psychic Laser"
One pint can; the production dating is skewed but it looks like it reads "DOB 04/24/2018 FL 48:00"
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice label. It's poured a cloudy golden-orange body beneath a three finger thick head of off-white. It looks like a hefeweizen. The aroma is hoppy with fruit and spice and earth and pine. I was initially thinking the spice and earthiness was from hops but I've just now realized that they've used a saison yeast for this one. I'm getting tropical fruits, berries, and I think, some clove-like phenolics as well. On to the flavor... similar. The tropical hops don't come through quite as strong as the aroma suggested they might, and the saison yeast is definitely clear, giving more character than I thought it would. It doesn't seem that bitter but I hesitate to guess at it as there's a lot of malt there to disguise it. It's not sweet though, and it finishes dry with a little bit of acidity and plenty of soft spice and earthiness. I wish I could make out more of the fruitiness but I can only say mango, pineapple, soft tangerine, apple, and sweet red berries. The pine is very mild, which is good because it balances nicely with the fruity hops and might be too much with the earthiness and spice from the yeast. Medium in body and crisp. Quite drinkable. The lacing could be better but the head retention was pretty good to begin with. Overall pretty nice I'd say.

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Jul 16, 2018
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3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Newly canned. Not up to Usual STBC standards. Odd one. Trying too hard? Newly canned.
a) AS ALWAYS, a looker where white head lasts and laces over a golden hazed, translucent body.
s) Straight ahead pineapple and dank.
t) Flawed by an over-dank, frat floor finish? As a trusted BA expert wrote: "little bit of an off flavor that I can't quite peg." Agree.
f) Thin for a DIPA of this size.
o) why do we need another dank, cantankerous DIPA like this one?

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Act25 from New Jersey, Jul 14, 2018
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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a can glass, no apparent date
A: Hazy orange with a one-finger head
S: Hoppy - lots of pine & citrus zest but with Belgian malts/yeasts there adding complexity
T: Really a step down from the nose. The Belgian malts/yeasts are up front but the hops are very hidden
T: Medium-bodied, a bit bitter/malty but again not much to write home about
O: A Belgian/Pale Ale blend as described. Not bad at all just nothing that stands out about either half

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3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a two finger foamy white head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is pineapple, tangerine, clove and piney hops.

T - The taste is pineapple, tangerine, lemon, bubblegum, white pepper and piney hops.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is a decent DIPA. The flavors are more reminiscent of a Saison or Belgian ipa.

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TreyIsWilson from Michigan, Jun 21, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the Southern Tier I grew to love years ago. Experimental, unique, high quality.

It pours extremely cloudy, dirty yellow and with sinister looking fizz. The aroma is a hoppy, yeasty, malty combo that really is a cut above - unique and out there.

The taste is nicely balanced, if you will. It's bitter, but not overly so, boozy, grassy, fruity, yeasty, etc. All in the right amounts. It is a very complex bunch of tastes, and they work, mostly because they don't overextend themselves. A very satisfying burp. Yummy.

Highly recommended. I can't wait for these guys to open their pub in downtown Cleveland.

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3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Meh. a lot of good qualities in smell, color, feel but i just dont think it bridges the saison/ipa or belgian ipa gap. Conflicted and confusing. definitely improves as it warms up. Maybe if you are looking to taste something diffrent from doulbe ipa class but certainly if you are wanting more of a classic double ipa. miror details- drank in ipa tulip, good initial head. decent lacing, cloudy golden yellow without major particulate

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gpasdf from Ohio, Jun 12, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderately hazy orange-gold, with creamy-white head and lacing.

Smells of peach pie filling, coriander, clove, and a hint of not-quite-ripe banana.

Flavor is mango/peach/hint-of-lemon, a light spicy melange (black pepper, coriander, allspice) , with drying light bitterness on the finish .

Dances lightly across the palate, with very fine carbonation tingle, without seeming watery. Some initial creaminess from the head.

Overall I like it. Not an everyday thing, but I would be appreciative if S. Tier repeated this. I'm glad I didn't review this on the first can. It has improved with age. This last can, 4-5 weeks later, is better than the first.

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mikeinportc from New York, May 26, 2018
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Been a while since I've had a "Belgian" IPA And probably would have passed on this four pack if I even noticed that before picking this up in a store bereft of fresh hoppy options. There was a short time when I (and seemingly, others) embraced the style, but those days seem past and not many are even attempting to brew it. Nonetheless this brew reveals depth and complexity and harmonious flavors, particularly with patience, a few servings, and a slightly higher temp that allows all the nuances to emerge.

Terrific appearance with a huge frothy white head and solid retention; aroma is probably my favorite aspect, with a mosaic forward mango and papaya vibe undercut by dankness and then lurking in there stirring the pot, the crisp peppery saison yeast. Feel is medium bodied and spritely but not overly carbonated, flavor is tasty and solid but with just a touch of that conflicted thing resulting from the Saison yeast - American IPA mash up. In the end I opened my mind back up to Belgian Ipas and to ST in general and I have to say, this is a really enjoyable libation.

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tobelerone from New York, May 21, 2018
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3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into Libbey Tulip
Canned on 4/23/18
L- pours a dark burnt orange with thin white head
S- melon pineapple pine
T- malt melon yeast with alcohol burn
F- light-bodied, low carb, strong alcohol bite
Overall not much too say about this one except artwork is super cool

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Samlover55 from New York, May 18, 2018
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[IMG] Poured slowly into a 16 oz IPA glass canned on 3/16/18 it looks like. Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a 2 plus finger sticky white head that leaves thin wisps of lace as it slowly settles into a layer of bubbles. 4

Smell is tangerine, clove, apricot, pine, hard candy, and grapefruit rind. 4

Taste follows spicy clove, tangerine, apricot, pine resin, and ripe grapefruit. 4

Mouthfeel is good size, plenty of life, maybe a tad dry, and at 8.5% ABV pretty easy drinking. 4

Overall this is a very nice brew, along the lines of Raging Bitch. I would definetly drink this again. Thanks @jzeilinger for this one. 4

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SawDog505 from New Hampshire, May 06, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 4/24/2018. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, citrus peel/zest, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of banana, bubblegum, peppercorn, clove, pine, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, citrus peel/zest, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of banana, bubblegum, peppercorn, clove, pine, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light pine, citrus peel, herbal, grassy bitterness; and peppery yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, citrus peel/zest, wheat, cracker, white bread, light banana/bubblegum, pepper, clove, pine, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mildly increasing warmth of 8.5% after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian DIPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the ABV; with the mellowly bitter/spicy/drying finish, never aggressive. Awesome balance between juicy/light dank hops and yeast complexity; nice solid malt backbone, with minimal residual sweetness. Loved this hop profile as expected. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. Wish more Americanized Belgian IPAs were readily available these days.

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superspak from Michigan, May 05, 2018
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3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very hazy yellow orange. The one finger of head dissipates within 30 seconds. The smell is tropical and dank. The hop presence comes through in the smell. Its the strength of the beer, the aroma is fantastic. The can states saison yeast and ekquanot, simcoe and mosaic hops. No ibu on can, but it must be up there. The mosaics are the most noticeable, and there pineapple and mango notes. Maybe the yeast and ekquanot are giving unique flavor I'm having issues describing. Not bad

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NJBarstool from New Jersey, May 01, 2018
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 4/24/18.

A - Hazy medium orange gold colored pour with light to moderate carbonation and sticky white lacing.

S - The nose is dominated by sweet, juicy and dank tropical fruit and citrus. Tangerine, papaya, grass, pine, and berry.

T - Passion fruit, earthy citrus, papaya, lime, some melon, and a spicy dank pine finish. After the sip a slight layer of orange starts to build on the sides of the mouth.

M - Medium body.

O - There's a little bit of an off flavor that I can't quite peg.

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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania, May 01, 2018
The Psychic Laser from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 51 ratings