Lake Shore Fog
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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New England IPA
Ranked #1,841
Ranked #12,348
3.94 | pDev: 6.85%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
Lake Shore FogLake Shore Fog
Notes: A faint crescent moon hangs low in the azure sky as the last pinpricks of starlight disappear into the brightening day. Quiet, repetitious sounds float up from nearly invisible waves lapping the beach. A cool mist hangs at the water’s edge, obscuring the early morning light into a luminescent, golden glow. One can’t help but feel a sense of easy calm in this magically surreal moment, as if caught in a universal shift, a sort of heaven-on-Earth amid the Lake Shore Fog.

Three words to describe Lake Shore Fog: hazy, juicy, refreshing. Three more: aromatic, delicious, golden. A year of brewing development has captured these attributes and rolled them into a brilliant new beer. We are using absurd amounts of hops, dry hopped on 4 different days, making it a juicy flavor and aroma bomb. A slight malty sweetness balances a dry and very mild finish which melds perfectly with its hazy appearance. Tropical, citrus, and stone fruit, and pleasingly floral character is marked with notes of big, dank, resinous Mosaic, Citra, and Amarillo hops. Enjoy!

20 IBU
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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 6/14/2019. Pours very hazy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, biscuit, light toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, biscuit, light toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, biscuit, light toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.5%. Overall this is a fantastic NEIPA. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/resinous/drying finish. Awesome soft feel, and not aggressive. Fantastic Mosaic, Citra, and Amarillo profile. Extremely juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hops; with a great balanced wheat/oat/malt backbone. Light residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding spot on style example.

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Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly opaque goldenstraw with a one finger head that leaves a few spots

Smell: Tropical fruit tones of pineapple, papaya and mango with a floral orange tone enveloping

Taste: Papaya and pineapple forward with just a touch of mango emerging; the orange tones emerge, through the middle, bringing some moderate bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not as dank, juicy and creamy as the NE IPAs from the big boys of the style, but not bad for a medium size brewery that puts the style on the shelf to sit for a while

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Photo of Profundobaso
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - poured from a 12 oz can. Lemon yellow in color, cloudy, a hefty three finger head that dissipates but leaves behind considerable lacing.
Smell - floral and citrus hop fragrance paired with considerable, honey-like sweetness. The look, combined with the smell, makes this a very inviting beer.
Taste - juicy hop flavors, followed by nice malty sweetness. A good bit of the hoppy flavors from a variety of perspectives, but not bitterness, which is interesting. Dry finish.
Feel - medium bodied, average carbonation, and average in ABV at around 6.5%.
Overall - this is a really nice hazy IPA that is low on ABV yet packed with hop flavors. I really appreciate the complexities of this brew, and others will appreciate it for its low bitterness. Excellent beer overall.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like very simple IPA fruity orange and tangerine zest smooth easy to crush. Nothing bad to say at all love most of the stuff these guys put out. Try it!

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 ounce can poured into a tulip glass.

L---Hazy, bright gold color. Nice rocky white head. Very good retention and nice lacing.

S---Sweet & full of tropical juices. Pineapple, papaya, mango. Orange, grapefruit & peach are there as well.

T---Follows the nose. Pineapple, grapefruit, papaya mango & orange. A juicy fruit bomb.

F---Juicy, wet & quenching. Moderate mouthfeel with ok carbonation.

O---A very nice beer by a good brewery. I'm generally not too big on NEIPAs, but this is a very good example of what they can be.

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Photo of BB1313
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 8/14/19. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy yellow; fluffy eggshell white head that quickly fades leaving decent retention and and okay lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of tropical notes. Some sweet malts. The flavors follow the nose. More tropical fruit along with some citrus coming through. Some pineapple and grapefruit leading the way. Some fresh grass. Moderate bitterness. Malts do their thing without dominating. Finishes juicy although there's some dryness to it. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid "New England IPA". Nice hop aromas and flavors. Enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I just love it when I grab a beer thinking not much of it and then get surprised at how good it is. This is one of those beers.

From the hazy look with floating pieces, to the sweet smell of citrus, to the juicy taste - hop forward mind you - this was a great surprise. When the experience matches the claims on the can, it brings back (just a little) my trust I’m advertising. Glad I have plenty of these and even consider this a great offering that is shareworthy.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i will be fully forthcoming here, i had a boatload of beers and it was pretty late night by the time i finally popped this one open, but even with a potentially partially shot palate, i thought it was excellent, my favorite of a recent slew of hoppy beers from southern tier that i had not seen before. this is a hazy one, but it avoids the usual pitfalls of being too starchy and heavy on the grain side, and being over hopped to the point of green vegetal bitter bite and burn on the hop side, so it starts from a place of restraint in the right places and good attention to detail, which so few of these have, but its not its professional construction that sets it apart for me, its the hop profile, particularly the climax, right in the center of the beer, i wish i knew what the hops were in this. to me it tastes like fresh pineapple, coconut meringue, meyer lemon zest, kiwi fruit, sparkling white grape juice, and grape candy, maybe some cryo hops in here giving it the intensity of aroma and flavor without the burn and harshness that comes with this much hops most of the time. its a little bit more filling as it warms up, but the hops last on the tongue forever in such a pleasant way, piney more than fruity later on, there is a constant evolution here, and i taste for a long time after i finish the beer. i was impressed with this, even less than fully fresh as i suspect, but one of the better hoppy beers i can ever recall from these guys!

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Photo of dd53grif
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, yellowish orange color. Aroma is sweet, like a light orange juice/ orange soda. Sweet taste gives way to a hoppy finish with a slight bitterness. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, canned on 5/6/19, thanks again to my buddy Denis for this brew! Served in a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass, the beer pours a hazy bright gold color with about an inch and a half white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. I like the aroma, the brew smells mostly like grapefruit/orange juice, along with some herbal/dank hops, grassiness, peach and a bit of bready malt. I think the taste pretty much follows the aroma, but there's some hoppy bitterness in the finish. Overall the sweet and bitter flavors are balanced. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. Thought this was good and enjoyable, definitely worth picking up!

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this one a lot more than I thought I would.

Quite hazy yellow-decent head and lacing.

Lots of tropical fruit and citrus. Touch of dank on the back end.

Smooth and easy drinking.

Super drinkable and quite refreshing. Pleasantly surprised by this one. I will definitely have again soon.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a custom taster pint glass; canned on 04/02/19.
A: Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a three finger, foamy white head, excellent retention, and sticky, albeit partial rings of lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel, orange, peach, and mango.
T: Semisweet. Flavors follow the nose very closely. Bitterness very much in balance with the overall picture.
M: Medium bodied with strong carbonation. Creamy and smooth.
O: A delicious, fruit forward, very balanced NEIPA. It is remarkably refreshing for the style. I could get used to these.

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Photo of Gmann
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with a small white head that settled into a small ring.

The aroma is juicy grapefruit. Very bright. Some tropical notes, perhaps mango.

The taste is of grapefruit and some grapefruit peel. Some ripe mango. A bit of a grassy bitterness.

The feel is moderate with fizzy tingly carbonation. Good balance on the palate. Finishes lightly dry.

A very nice IPA. Good hop flavor and well balanced.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is quite light, near straw, and likely would appear so if it wasnt so densely opaque. Head is bright white with a 1 finger initial presentation, then dissipates to thin top with some spotty lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is quite juicy, mosaic and citra notes are dominant with grapefruit juice and rind notes; light malt and wheat like aroma as well.

Taste juicy as they call it with that juicy/hoppy mix it seems to check off all the boxes of an NEIPA, its well executed but the flavor profile seems neutral to the style. could be the age of the brew (canned in April).

Mouthfeel is on the bitter side of the style which I prefer, as the bitterness cuts some of the added lingering sweetness from the wheat (or oats).

Overall a good NEIPA, quite juicy, pleasantly bitter, neutral hop profile for the style.

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Photo of teromous
3.19/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The ink on the bottom of the can is smudged and illegible.

Appearance: The body is a light yellow color and very hazy, only allowing some shadows through as light passes through the glass. The head is short and white with large bubbles. Not much head retention and no lacing.

Aroma; The beer has a strong aroma of mango, garlic, grapefruit, and under-ripe pineapple. It is a bit catty in the background.

Taste: The beer has a very grassy opening with some mango skin and onion. Mostly it is grass though. There is a bit of alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: The beer roughens up the tongue a bit and it has a bit of hop burn. Bitterness is in the medium range. It isn't that pleasant to drink because of the raw harshness of the beer.

Overall: The beer misses the mark on the smooth and drinkable character of what a New England IPA is, but it does have some very pronounced aromas. As a whole I wouldn't really drink the beer again and it isn't one I would recommend, but if there are no other New England IPAs available then this has enough aroma and flavor to scratch the hop itch.

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Photo of Nephilium
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big juicy citrus aroma, pours an opaque orange with a white head. Slightly sweet flavor, with tropical fruit and citrus. The sweetness fades to an earthy bitterness, and a dry finish overall. There's a full rich mouthfeel to this one, that makes it tend more towards a sipper.

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Photo of johnreggie
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can from a 15 overpack’d case. Dated born on 4/19/19. Grapefruit and tangerine up front, a fair amount of bitterness, medium mouthfeel , dry finish. Not spectacular, but as good a basic IPA as I’ve had , at an amazing value. Bring this to your next party and be a hero. InBev should be shaking with fear.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy; pale gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; no lacing;

S: orange, lemon, pineapple, dankness;

T: follows the nose to the middle, then becomes very dank; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: the very dank finish is an interesting variation on the style;

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Photo of izraelc
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale hazy gold. Powerful fruity aroma. Big tropical fruit flavor. Almost like fruit juice. Bold flavor up front but finishes flat. Very good but could be better.

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Photo of Lucular
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can purchased as part of a mix-six. A typical but reasonably well-made mass-produced hazy IPA. The look is the only subpar component - murky with a patchy head. Smell and taste are citrus and hints of pine and tropical fruit. I won't seek this out again.

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Photo of tigg924
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy, gold in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is orange peel, lime and earthy hops. Medium bodied, slightly bitter, with moderate carbonation. Makes for a solid above average NEIPA. Glad I picked up a full four pack. Probably will pass over for more local options though.

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Photo of Fee
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A truly exceptional IPA. Marvelous color and smell. Both hazy and juicy. Excellent robust mouth feel. Strong, but not overly so - so you can drink more than one!

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

Gold beer with a quickly retreating white head. The aroma is piney, herbal with some grapefruit and a little sweet malt. Tastes like grapefruit, melon and tropical fruit. Piney herbal bitter finish. A little light in the body for a hazy but not bad for a mass produced NEIPA.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DOB: 2/28/19 opened & reviewed on 4/14/19

Pours out a very hazy....or I suppose foggy look to the white-golde liquid and high-rising, pure whitevfoam cap. Dissipation is slow, with only trace amounts of foam leftover. Eventually, all foam is gone, no lace.

Earthy and herbal hop aroma's are very strong, golden wheat, lager adjunct's like rice and corn, creamy-golden malt with subtle banana aroma's all blend in to a rather unique, but appropriate style nose for the now classic New England Style. Tangy tropical fruity blend with sweet citrus and earthiness sums it up pretty well.

The flavor and mouthfeel stand out as pretty much the baseline for the NEipa style.
A full and smooth texture is always impressive, the sharp, golden malted crispy bite brings the mouthfeel to a new place.
Sour peaches, lemmon zest, corriander and citrus fruitiness comes from the big hoppiness. The malt and hop combo rolls in major earth-graininess and herbal, dry effects. Yes, its complex, not huge complexity but certainly worth noting, even for this usually very complex style.

All in all, its in the middle of the New England Ipa stule spectrum in most ways, charming, yet slightly refined, giving it a vety approachable personality.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 3-30-19
L: Hazy, light orange. One minute post pour is devoid of lacing, tiny head on the outside.
S: Pretty standard NEIPA: Citrus, earthy and light dank. Has a ton of freshness, so I knew it's not old.
T: Pineapple, orange/citrus and pine.
F: A bit watery for the style. Low bitterness, light carbonation that is also quick to disappear.
O: Pleasant tasting. TBH, I was rather surprised at how good this tasted. Will definitely revisit.

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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 108 ratings