Southern Tier Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
4.07 | pDev: 11.06%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Imperial pale ale
Reviews: 425 | Ratings: 524 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Marko_D:
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Glowing hazy golden color with lots of clinging lace which forms two fingers of white head on top. Big bready, semi-biscuity maltiness is surrounded by a citric rind, lime zest and mint hop aroma. Moderate body, very smooth and creamy with just enough carbonation to keep this beer alive. Massive hop flavor, bitterness is up there, but not with a stinging sharpness. Big herbal flavor to start, flowery and then soft citric. Alcohol is nearly clean with a vodka-like fume and a vague fruitiness in the back. Lots of malt breadiness and biscuity overtones show a balance with the hop profile that seems to stay on top throughout.

So what is the difference between an Imperial IPA and an Imperial Pale Ale? Simple, it all comes down to balance. Most Imperial IPAs are excessively hopped, but Imperial Pale Ales show off both malt and hops and this comes off as an excellent example of the latter. Or something like that. Very drinkable, actually deceivingly drinkable at 10 percent--a little dangerous because it tastes so good.

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Photo of rugerj
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly, decent lacing left in glass. Color is hazy orange. Smell is of citrus and pine with a slight wheat/malt aroma. Taste is of a lot of citrus hops with some orange and pine overtones. Slight malt taste due to the amount of wheat probably used in the making of this beer, thus the haziness and the bready mouth feel. Beer finishes fairly clean with no harsh after tastes. Alcohol is well hidden for a beer with such a high ABV.

Beer was good, however if a large amount of citrus in the palate is not to your liking, you wouldn't like this one.

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Photo of Jason
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh yeah, this is the way I love them. Very pale, a bit of haze from the hops and lots of clinging lace. Big bready semi-biscuity maltiness is surrounded but a citric rind, lime zest and mint hop aroma. Medium to moderate body, very smooth and creamy. Massive hop flavor, bitterness is up there but not wholeheartedly sharp. Big herbal flavor to start, flowery and then soft citric. Alcohol is nearly clean with a vodka-like fume and a vague fruitiness in the back. Lots of malt breadiness and biscuity overtones but the hop profile stays on top throughout.

Very drinkable, deceivingly drinkable and at 10% a little dangerous because it tastes so good. I love this beer ... almost too much. Oddly because most beers with Amarillo hops I don't fancy so much.

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Photo of dsigmon
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark amber color with this offwhite head. nice amount of lacing slowly makes its way down the glass like molasses in winter.

S: Smell of citrus and dark fruit with some earthy tones and sweet caramel

T/M: Much the same as the smell. Nice oily mouthfeel and light carbonation to clean up the palatte. Wonderfully balanced with a nice juicy charachter in both taste and mouthfeel. The dark fruit is more apparent here than in any other DIPA that I have had but not overly sweet. It gives is a great amount of complexity when matched with the citrus taste.

D: Very easy to drink but at 10% it catches up with you pretty quickly.

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Photo of TheBirdSanc
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Pale crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose. Flavor has a lot of hops (grapefruit) and malt (caramel), almost balanced but hops win with a grapefruit finish. $7.25 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of OKCNittany
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

from very old notes

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Photo of MarkJBurch
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Freshness date has worn off of the bottle. Found this one sitting on the back of a shelf with a nice layer of dust. I would guess it is at least a year old. Pouring into a Southern Tier fluted glass. Nice one inch head that fell relatively quickly, left behind a splotchy glimmering white lace. This beer is very light orange, golden, amber color that almost appears to glow.

The smell is terrific. I am picking up a subtle fruitiness, pear maybe, very slight banana, apricot. Delightful. This smells very fresh, although I am quite sure it is not. The smell is almost of a Belgian pale ale, I am curious as to what yeast was used.

First sip, delicious. More to come. Okay, this is very well balanced. A little bitter towards the end. Very delicate. Light biscuit undertone, wheat, and very subtle fruit. The alcohol is almost completely disguised.

This beer tickles the tongue, plays with it, very smooth but every now and then I feel a slight bite from the carbonation.

Very refined, an exercise is minimalism as stated on the bottle. I am extremely pleased with this beer. I wish I could have tried it fresh, but will certainly return to the bottle shop from which I purchased it, in hopes of finding another dust laden gem.

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Photo of ZAP
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Hazy golden color...1/4 inch creamy white head

S-Big tropical fruits( pineapples...tangerines...peaches...) along with some fresh pine notes..outstanding hop aroma...

T-This is not very bitter but includes an abundance of juicy hop flavors...pineapples lead the way but the tangerines, peaches and pine are all present along with an herbal/tobbaco-canibus element as well. The malt lends a soft, yet sweet biscuit like component.

M-It's amazing how smooth this is. Perfectly balanced. I love the way this exudes hop flavor rather than harsh bitterness.

D-Drinks like it is 5% but has the weight of a bigger beer. I just keep saying to me myself "wow is this good" over and over as I smell it and drink it. An outstanding, highly hopped, yet not overly biter beer. A must try.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quick review into my notebook.

A- Bright gold and minimal head. The lacing is slightly clingy on the sides of the glass.

S- Candi sugar, light hops, sweet honey-like malts.

T- Somewhat grainy, bitter, and a little bit perfumy. Alcohol is noticable in the taste.

M- Medium to sticky in the mouth with low carbonation.

D- Not sessionable; a lot of booze in the taste, but not a bad beer.

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Photo of CanisMajor
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Bighuge
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lemon yellow sun. Bright and shiny. Bubbly ivory white head leaves an appropriate web-like lace trail. A majestic nose of glorious hop traits. Tangerine and other citric goodies. Bright and bold. Cannabis and other pungent, resinous and oily scents. And light aromas of caramel malts and alcohol. The focus of the flavor is the hops as well, even though the bitterness isn't overwhelming. The hops are bright and exhuberant. The tangerine and grapefruit are there as are the pungent niceties. Great hop attributes. They are backed up properly by a solid but not intrusive malt base. The alcohol is barely noticeable. This beer is awesome. My favorite of the Southern Tier line so far, and that is saying something. This brewery is getting dangerously close to my Top 10 list. Hell, they could be in it already...

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Photo of Tolann
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy yellow. Kinda cloudy. White thin head and decent carbonation

S - sweet. Kinda floral and piney. Hops over all

T - truenro pale ale style. Like the nose, a nice piney and floral hop

M - light to medium mouth feel. Not too Much carbonation. Not a big alcohol burn or boozy feel which is amazing considering the ABV

D -dangerously drinkable. This beer surpassed my expectations. Gotta love ST

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden body with hints of orange, steady carbonation, a bit of haze,and a healty three fingers of dense white foam. Sticky lacing.

Aroma of bursting clean juicy citrus fruits is clear at arms lenght.

A big slab of sweetness slathers down the center of the tongue. Juicy and bitter hops scrub the inside of your cheeks and teeth. An airy burst of wheat parachutes in from the top of the mouth. It all comes together at the swallow and merges into a light and tingly aftertaste. Ten percent alcohol ? No way, surely you kid, I sense nary a trace. Everything just fits together perfectly.

Thickish mouthfeel that somehow keeps rolling along. Dangerous doesn't begin to describe the drinkability.

Take a damn fine DIPA, and add that rarest of creatures, a good American Wheat, which serves to lighten without diluting. Hard to convey perhaps, but thats what I'm getting here. Heartily recommended.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours gold, apple juice gold. Completely clear. Bubbly head settles quickly to a very thin film. Scattered lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Interesting aroma, have a bit of trouble picking things out actually. One sniff and I get juicy caramel malts, the next citrussy hops. Tangerines are standard though. Very juicy.

Fresh up front, a nice burst of orange that's quickly candied by some serious caramel malt. The beer you get up front isn't the beer you get in the finish. The freshness, what I was expecting, is overrun by a serious malt profile with some piney resinous hops sticking to the back of the tongue. I feel like the flavours are clashing a bit. They get in the way of the American hops I was expecting from a beer called Hoppe. Alcohol is hidden away nicely.

Body is nice and creamy, drinkability is dangerous.

An intersting sister-brew to Unearthly. For all the billing as heavily hopped beers, ST doesn't hold back on quality malt.

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Photo of Ristaccia
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 30 Dec 2008.

Poured in 0.5 L Abambrau becker. Large foamy creamy parchment color head. Well carbonated. Very light bright orange color. Very fragrant, pine, grapefruit, floral, buttered popcorn, ethanol. Caramel throughout, creamy. Great hay-grassy hoppiness breaks through and fills the mouth. Aftertaste is warm and floral. Very well balanced, very flavorful.

Very tasty, slight deduction for the buttery flavor from me (but fine by A).

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Photo of nrbw23
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bright slightly hazy golden orange color. The head of was white in color, had decent retention that left behind foamy white rings and a fair amount of white spotty lacing.

S- Smells of pine, a splash of grapefruit, a hint of caramel malts, and bitter citrus hops. Smells very nice and sweet.

T- Just like the aroma, the taste was more sweet than hoppy. This sweet lightly hopped beer beer featured toasted malts, sweet fruit a splash of of pine, grapefruit, and ended with bitter citrus hops.

M- Medium in body, good carbonation and taste.

D- Really easy to drink. Does not have the huge hop bitterness (which I do like). A very solid brew.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the two newest "big" beer offerings from ST and they are to be brewed year around,on tap at Coles.Poured a light slight hazed burnt orange with a creamy tight one finger head leaving sheets of lace as it settled slowly,those blessed Amarillos in the nose very piney and resiny with an underlying biscuity malt base but the hop presence steals the show.This beer is 10% alc I had to check the website to confirm it, this beer goes down oh so easily,the resiny hop profile is the main component of this beer along with hints of citrus fruit rind with an underlying biscuity malt base.It kicks ass and is lighter than expected making for way to easy drinking,a killer new brew from Souther Tier.

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Photo of ottovon
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

split a bottle with whiterascal.

A: pours a cloudy golden color with a nice sized white head. the head lasted for a little while before falling. it has a nice appearance. leaves a nice lace down the glass.

S: smell slightly of hops and of the wheat malt.

T: taste is floral at first with some citrus, end is bitter and hoppy. different from other things i have tried and a very nice beer. you can pick up on the alcohol at the end.

M: it has a medium body with a good amount of carbonation. slightly warming of alcohol in the finish.

D: very good beer and could drink this all summer.

tasted on: 05.03.09

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Photo of jkd03c
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of cokes
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours to a lightly hazed pale golden with a tight and lasting enamel lace.
Fragrant of powdered-sugared Clementines, lime rinds, pine oil, and hashish, backed with a firm honeyed biscuit malt.
In the mouth, malt produces first a blanketing English muffin breadiness, then traces of a fruit juice cocktail manifest of apples, pears, and white grapes. A moment of stasis with whispers of that Southern Tier vanilla-tinged yeastiness, then the hops start pelting down, leaving big greasy streaks of pine tar, grapefruit pulp, pineapple concentrate, lime rinds, wet grass, and ganja resin. Alcohol is barely a factor, and only in a vaporous vodka&tonic sense at the swallow.
The body is deceptively light, but with a pronounced oiliness which serves to make the carbonation struggle through the liquid. Despite this, it still seems tactilely soft and unaggressive, which is a feat in itself, because in actuality, it is neither. And it also makes this drinkable in blinding amounts.

This is superlative. It's almost a session IIPA, packing the requisite assload of hops and malt, and showcasing them brightly and individually, then stopping short of bludgeoning the mouth. There is restraint and balance here that I've never seen in a brew this size.

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Hoppe from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 524 ratings