Hoppe | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial pale ale

Added by shirfan on 04-01-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 524 |  Reviews: 425
Reviews by hdofu:
Photo of hdofu
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another treat from the southern tier brewing company that proves that very hoppy beer can be semi sweet. Poured a cloudy light blood orange with a white head. Smells intensely of hopps. Taste is hoppy, and yet finishes sweet. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with just the right amount of bubbles (might have been bublier but my brother opened the bottle last night. This beer is an extremely drinkable double ipa.

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Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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 DaPeculierDane
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale yellow straw body with plenty of carbonation and a thin white head.

Aroma: Resiny pine and clementines.

Taste: Bisquits and white grape jam followed by pine sap and pineapple. Hints of doja in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Stunningly mellow. Booze is well covered. Body is still pretty well sized and oily but it comes across as smoother and softer than it ought too.

Drinkability: Deceivingly so.

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Photo of ricksrealm
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.27/5  rDev +6%
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 ROBORB
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from MrChopin, thanks man!

This beer poured a light orange color with a long lasting 1 1/2 inch head. The aroma consisted of some pine and yeast. I found the beer to be very easy to drink since the alcohol was completely masked. I did not like the strong malt backbone on this beer. I found it to be over powering and distracting to the hop profile. It was a decent beer but not something that I would search out for again.

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

Poured into a tulip glass, this beer was a bright, clear orange color with a medium-sized white head. The aroma was primarily floral, but there was also some sweetness noticeable. Up front piney hops taste. The sweetness also came through in the taste, and balanced the hops quite well. The alcohol was well-hidden; would never have guessed it was 10% ABV.

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Photo of marvin213
2.3/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It looks good--light and refreshing. The two-finger foam offers big bubbles characteristic of hoppier beers, and lacing leaves its mark as the head settles to a patchy top. Though it looks good--translucent yet cloudy and shadowy--I'm beginning to wonder if "imperial extra pale ale" isn't some sort of oxymoron.

I think of a hint of the smell clued me into this style suspicion. I smell a hoppy pale ale, and that just doesn't sit quite right. It's like both wheat and hop waft their way to my nose. Despite the bottle's style claim, I notice that BA rates this among IIPAs and Imperial IPAs. This smell sucks compared to the citrusy yumminess of a Bell's Two-Hearted or even the malty backbone marking a DFH 90min. Maybe it's the pale malts I don't like. Initially more gentle with my rating, I've decided to be more punitive since it's categorized here as a DIPA.

It tastes more like the pale malts I smell than the refreshing color it reflects. It's got a bite that a pale ale shouldn't have, though the alcohol certainly doesn't linger. It's a hopped-up pale ale. The more of these I try, the more I'm convinced I don't like them. Pale ales and IIPAs have their place, but I don't like the combo. The pale malts and the wheat--despite the extra hop additions--offer a taste reminiscent of chalk. It's not as bad as a barium swallow, but I'd prefer a pale ale OR a DIPA. The lasting impact here is that they don't mesh well.

The mouthfeel is blah. For a DIPA, it's subpar. The extra hops make it better than your regular extra pale ale. Since I've sorta hammered this in context of its Imperial IPA counterparts, I'll give it more credit here...and call it average.

You could drink this one in basically any environment. If this were a criterion-referenced review in which I judged this beer solely in regards to an established criteria, I'd probably call it average. Since I'll acknowledge the plethora of great craft beers flooding markets countrywide, I'll take the norm-referenced approach: with so many wonderful DIPAs available in such widespread markets (in addition to the two I've already mentioned, Hop Stoopid and Double Trouble have been readily available in NC), this production is no competition.

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Photo of generallee
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 650ml bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle has a nice description of the beer along with a list of ingredients and its abv (8%). There is however no freshness date listed on the bottle.

Appearance: The body is bright orange/golden color with some carbonation streaming up to support its tall creamy head. The thick rocky or meringue like head had awesome retention and made lots of cool lacing on the glass.

Smell: In the nose I pick up notes of citrusy orange and grapefruit like hops with sweet bready/biscuity grain notes underneath. A neutral alcohol is also present and reminds you that this is an Imperial beer.

Taste/Palate: There is a big pale wheat and bready/biscuity malt base with tons of good citrusy, herbal and pine notes right up front and through out. Bitterness is solid and slowly fades off the tongue in the finish. Its palate is nicely carbonated and firm feeling.

Notes: I think this is a well balanced big beer that drinks very well.

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Photo of Duster72
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clearish golden color with a very big dense head. Aroma is big hops as soon as the lid is removed. You can definitely smell the citrus and pine hops as well as some sweet malts and yeast. Taste is very fresh hops with malty sweetness to offset. Had a slightly dirty/resiny taste to it. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Very nice DIPA. The category needs to be changed on this one, cause it's no APA!

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Photo of Jason
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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 Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, pours clear, light for the style amber, light tan thin head, with bubbles continuing to rise and leaving nice looking fine lace. tropical fruity nose, with an additional wiff of alcohol. Grainy, resiny hop filled offering. Alcohol present but well in the rear, notes of more fruit juice essences, crisp apples come to mind, as well as some honey. Light (for the style), crisp and snappy. Pleasant DIPA, full of flavorful and moderatly crunching hops. I like it. Hop lovers rejoice, go get some of this quality brew from NY state.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imagine that...a Pale Ale coming in at 10%...leave it to ST.
On tap at the Sunset...
Arrived a clear, pale amber color with a full finger of bright white head...sticky lacing galore as it fades.
Sweet caramel malt and citrus hops in the nose...not detecting any alcohol.
Very nice flavor...citrus, floral hops, some earthy yeast notes and an excellent balance between bittering hop to malt sweetness. Finishes very clean without the alcohol...Southern Tier tends to mask their abv very well and this is no exception.
Mouthfeel is full bodied for the style and finishes very clean...plenty of carbonation, but not overdone.
In prime shape for consumption...this one could be a very dangerous session brew. Without an overly sweet flavor, but a ton of malt to balance the bitterness, this is a must try.

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Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, orange-gold in color, moderate carbonation, minimal head

Smell: biscuit, and citrusy hops

Taste: citrus hops dominate, with some piney hops and a malty bready taste in the back.

Mouthfeel: first small sweetish taste before a big bitter taste that dominates. Towards the end the bitterness and malt combines. light bodied, medium/low carbonation

Drinkability: This I think is way similar to Unearthly. I think this one is a bit more mellow but still a decent beer. If you like Unearthly, you should like this. Icould only do one at a time.

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

Served in a tulip from a bomber.

A: A very light amber...also cloudy. There was a about a half-finger of head that dissipated quickly. Lighter around the edges.

S: Different from most I've had. Almost a lemon aroma with some pine notes. I really liked it. I really like the citrus.

T: I'm picking up some pine and more citrus. This is very good. Most of the Southern Tier products I've tried have a "theme". This is just a straight up EPA.

M: Very light carbonation. Slight aftertaste but I like it! Doesn't lose any of it's character after it warms up. Great brew!

D: Excellent drink. I could drink several if not in a bomber! Great flavor and presence considering how crowded the market has become. I'd buy again.

Overall: Excellent EPA. I wasn't expecting this when I opened it. I really like Southern Tier but this was still a surprise. Try it!

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jwc215 for sending me this beer.

The beer pours a murky straw color with a white head. The aroma is citrus hops, both grapefruit and orange. The flavor is orange citrus hops with a medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a flaired tulip glass from a 22oz brown bomber crimped cap.Screened painted label reminds me of a Rogue label has a lot of info about the beer on it.

Slightly hazy,light copper color. Creamy white head the kind you can control by the pour,lots of staying power. Very tiny bubbles tightly knit streaming all around the sides of the glass with streams also surging fron the center.Clumps of lace down the sides of the glass.

Sugary,fruity aroma grapefruit/pinapple some toffee,toasty malt aromas also come through. Has a slight tinge of grain alcohol. .Very pleasing clean and fresh. One of those aromas you can't pull away from.

Lots of complexity at first a bit overwhelming. Leafy,oily hoppiness,piney,grapefruit with a tangerine like citrus taste. Sugary taste throughout,slightly burnt,with sweet carmell/toffee.Finishes clean,astringent with a very sharp,grapefruity,citrusy taste lingering The alcohol is well hidden just a hint. Amazingly well balanced,the taste reminds me a bit of their Unearthy.

Very full and very creamy mouthfeel. Execellent drinkability for a beer this big. Put down a bomber like it was a 12 oz bottle. Has such a creamy mouthfeel goes down dangerously easy. Be carefull with this one. Highly recomended if you like double ipa's although the bottle says imperial extra pale ale.

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Photo of Ducttape
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a 9oz clear plastic cup.

P: For me this beer poured golden to orange color with a slight haze. Head was thin with little lacing.

A: Aroma was citrus with orange and grapefruit being the main characteristics.

T&M: The beer is sweet with hints of honey and grapefruit. Nice flavor with a light mouthfeel. Carbonation level compliments the sweetness of this dry finishing beer.

Overall a refreshing and enjoyable beer that would work nicely with chicken and caper sauce

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Photo of Kraken
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 03/28/09

Split with the GF, she picked it out. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Floreffe chalice. Firm pour evokes a 1/8 inch head that recedes quickly leaving a light lace. Color is a lightly cloudy dull amber.

Nose- Sticky sweet, none of the hop presence I was expecting.

Taste- Syrupy sweet. Lots of caramel notes and a large amount of bittering hops. Slightly spicy. Alcohol is detectable.

Mouthfeel- Dry, and slightly cloying.

Drinkability- Decent.

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, capped, with not date. Pours a clear bronze with a frothy white head, which show good retention and leaves a considerable amount o sticky lace.

The aroma is all about the hops, piny, herbal, and very fragrant. The flavor though is not a one trick pony hop slaughter though. The malt provides a nice foundation, adding an at time creamy, velvety base, which on top the varied notes of herby, piny, citrusy, and woodsy hops snap, crackle, and pop. For a 10%'er, the alcohol is masterfully buried.

The mouth is medium-bodied and well-carbonated, though grows a little oily and syrupy by bomber's end. This brew demonstrates solid complexity, as it begins with mild, bright citrusy hops on the front, then moves into a creamy, malty center, then hops return, more pungent and nutty on the dry-then-sticky finish. This a very solid brew overall, probably my favorite by the Southern Tier clique.

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Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy, golden ruddy with a fluffy bright white head of foam. Bubbles rise up quickly.

Aroma of orange pith and lemon, some cinnamon and tartness.

Flavors of orange rind and piney bitter, some fruity sugary notes, and honey flavored malt. The lemon and piney bitters linger.

Rich and full mouthfeel, but manages to finish fairly crisp.

Prtty smooth and drinkable, pretty hoppy, yet crisp and not heavy or cloying.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow beer that looks thick and hazy. This is not a fizzy yellow beer. Totally unexpected lemon and grass aroma, hops were not upfront. Began to question the age of this undated brew, have had some excellent ST stuff (prolly my fave East Coast brewery) and have had some obviously passed their prime stuff.

Taste comes back around to the standard ST highly hopped, high abv beer thing. Still, lemon and grass share a large part of the stage with this one. Kind of a beer that is all over the place style wise. Some pale aspect, some dipa aspect, some berliner aspect even. Sizeable bitterness. Somewhat of a medicinal quality the more you drink it.

Closest thing I can compare it to is DFH's hellhound. I like hellhound a little bit more. Bit this one is still worthy.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off thanks to the Southern Tier sales reps in Pittsburgh market very good people that put up with me at the Penn Brewfest this past year, so thank you Carl and Karen. Appears a beautiful copper glowing tone poured into my Augustjin chalice forms a large off white cream colored head forms thick atop the beautiful body leaves easy to pick out bands of lace with each sip very defined and intricate in the lace department. Aroma contains a perfumey wild tartness with grapefruit citrus peels a simply awesome smell to it somewhat of a musky sweetness white grapes bright sweet malts come off somewhat vinous like I stated but man this is great stuff this one will keep you hunched over smelling your glass. Flavor I see why this one isn't labeled a DIPA despite it's ten percent abv and 83 IBUs because it's brewed so well that nothing seems over the top really comes off as an Imperial Extra Pale Ale. Flavor is consumed with light bready malts with biscuit caramel highlights this beer deliver American hops throughout the experience grapefruit, mineral earthiness, and a healthy dose of flower power overcomes this beer wow I'm loving the hoppe that is this beers highlights I can't wait to try Backburner Barleywine, the alcohol in this brew is evident but it gives off the deepest hop burps despite the balanced flavor. Mouthfeel is great silky smooth literally, with carbonation that floats on the palate I'm well aware of the medium bodied ale that seems amazing to me. Drinkability overall comes off so well that the 22oz drains itself without a problem great stuff I'm craving more that's a good sign I will be back to the beer store before these seven dollars sell out great stuff.

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Hoppe from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 524 ratings