Southern Tier Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
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Ranked #6,963
4.08 | pDev: 6.86%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 86 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ask and you shall receive a pint glass full of this stuff. Be careful what you wish for. This is a heavy hitter. It's an alluring pour, golden in color, with beautiful white head atop and lacing. It smells like, in order, malt, alcohol and hops. The taste is sweet, very sweet at the beginning. Malts seem to dominate, even after the hops kick in. Said hops add another aspect to the flavor, but don't counterbalance the overall sweetness of the brew. The presence of alcohol is noticeable from start to finish. With the combination of the malt, alcohol and yeast sweetness, more hoppy bitterness could improve this concoction. Not bad, but not outstanding.

Dec 11, 2020
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Raime from Greenland

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Single purchased for $2.99. Bought last week to go with the ST mixed 15 pack but didn't get around to it until now.

Look - Honey golden with a finger of head and some moderate carbonation. Stick is solid.

Smell - Pineapple galore with lotsa that catty aspect but not piss like.

Taste - Total pineapple bomb. Fairly bitter but not as much as you'd suspect given the ABV.

Feel - Bit underwhelming and watery for the gravity but smooth as can be.

Overall - Smooth for the ABV for sure. While it isn't exactly loaded with flavor this has to be the smoothest near 10%er I've ever had. Price is good too. Would have a again. Good beer.

Sep 12, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Breadyness, pineapple

T: Follows the nose, plus dryness, a little bit of leafy hops up front. More cakeyness, pineapple, grassy hops and dryness as this warms. Finishes cakey, dry with a little pineapple & grassyness

MF: Cakey, slight carbonation, skewing malty now but not cloying

Despite this being over 7 months old, it is holding up well would buy again fresher. ABV is well hidden

Jul 24, 2020
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Sewercap from New York

4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Don’t know if I’m crazy, but I had one of these last year, and I thought it kind of sucked. Picked up another bottle this year, and was blown away. Definitely on par with Bells Hop Slam, or any other five star ipa. Went down dangerously smooth. Would swear I was drinking their regular ipa.. Hope I can pick up some more of this.

May 17, 2020
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Shiredave from New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

When ST does it right, they are as good as any brewery. 3XIPA is stellar. Couldn't look much better for style - nearly crystal clear with steady carb bubbles rising slowly as if it's work to float up through the dense liquid. Firm white head billows up to hold a tight thin cap of bright white foam. Aroma is floral and honey sweet with some orange crush thrown in, hints of oats and vanilla and marshmallow come through as well. Flavor is just straight up IPA - you wouldn't think this one pushed 10% - alcohol mostly waits 'till the end to rear it's head and that to me is a mark of a skilled brewer. Nearly full bodied, the drinkabilty is dangerous with flavors so well balanced and alcohol so woven in it feels and swallows like a session IPA. Wonderful lingering hop bite on the tongue.
Just a damn fine beer man.

May 08, 2020
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler 1-9-20 for $3.99. Bottled on 12-16-19; consumed 4-16-20. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured orange with a beautiful three-finger white head that is leaving beautiful rings with each sip.

Nose is very nice with pine and citrus along with a breadiness i did not expect.

Taste is classic WCIPA, grapefruit and orange are present up front, catching some berry over the large malt base. Finishes with a nice pine resin; 7/10 on my bitterness scale.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a really well executed IPA, glad i finally tried it. Will look at having it again when available early next year!

Apr 16, 2020
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked the 2XIPA and once drank so many at a bar that my wife wasn't happy with me at the end of the evening...Anyway, I don't think I will be doing the same with this 3x's as it is about as good if not better...

Great looking beer - orange highlights mixed with the an appealing yellow color and a creamy looking head. The head leaves lacing all the way down the glass, really, really impressive. The smell was about as good as any other IPA, but juicier if that makes sense, it also had a distant smell of pine that was good. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and definitely carbonated but not distracting. The taste was good as well, a little piney but the kind that I liked. Overall, this is definitely a great seasonal from ST, one that I will keep an eye out for later this year.

Mar 01, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Jeremiah's Tavern in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a golden amber color, clear, and with a small head, and not much lacing. This definitely looks like a complete malt bomb, unfortunately.

The smell betrays that thought process though - as I get clean but resinous pine here, along with orange jam, bready malt, floral hops, and biscuits.

It's not the gross malt bomb I expected it to be! I haven't had much Southern Tier lately, and it seems like they've gone somewhat downhill over the years (or my palate has just adjusted). This is not bad at all though - it's intensely hopped, especially for this brewery, with orange, grapefruit, and loads of pine. There's no way this wouldn't be malty, but it's honestly fairly restrained. There's also really no booziness, which is another miracle, in my eyes.

This is fairly clean, with a lighter body than expected, and a decent amount of drinkability.

I wanted to dislike this, so it's a nice surprise that I not only didn't dislike, I actually enjoyed it. Triple IPAs are never going to be a favorite style for me, especially West Coast-style triples, but I can enjoy them once in a blue moon.

Feb 08, 2020
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Woof. I bought some of these that were barely a week old at Saveon. They demonstrate what I love about fresh AIPS.

You open it and the smell hits you - it's fresh and hoppy smelling. The appearance in a glass is deep dirty yellow. The taste hits as bitter hoppy with tons of malt, all fresh and delicious. The alcohol doesn't really ever bite too much except to your head a little later.

Recommended. I will seek out some more.

Dec 29, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a snifter from draft at Timothy O'Toole's on May 23, 2019. This is an aggressively hopped, high gravity, bitter, Imperial pale ale. Really nice aroma.

Oct 10, 2019
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Taste: sharp grassy piney floral dry hops, clean finish. Same with the nose. Gold hue, clear, with foamy head and some lace. Medium body. Drinkable but bold dry hopped. 90 IBUs

Aug 30, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Brewing Co. "3XIPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "DOB12/13/18 04:17PM"

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice amber color. Great head retention. It's an inch and a half high, and just slightly yellow. The body is hazy but that's OK. The aroma is both hoppy and malty as expected. The malt is grainy, bready, and lightly caramelish while the hops are floral, herbal, citrusy and otherwise fruity (apricot, peach, melon). On to the flavor... it's rich and malty, and again, hoppy with some additional resinous character. I'm getting a little bit of spiciness out of it but I can't tell if that's hops or alcohol. How strong is this, 9.5% - wow, it didn't seem like that! That spiciness might be the alcohol then, I'm not sure. It works though. The head has dropped to a thin but solid surface covering by this point, and there's some very nice lacing left behind. It's got a solid bitterness to it but it's also malty; it comes out balanced in the end. In the mouth it's medium-full in body and malty smooth. Ahhh, now that it's warmed a bit I'm getting more of the alcohol but that's OK, it's expected to a certain extent. Not a bad Imperial IPA!

Review #6,619

Jul 15, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt orange body with white lacing and a thin cap. Huge bitter and pine hop aromas on the nose, with some citrus, biscuit malt and hop resin. Taste was sweeter: toffee and hop resin combine to carry taste with hop bitters, black pepper, pine, orange, and slight apricot. Feel was sticky, hoppy, airy, and somewhat cloying.

Jun 20, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Dob 3/6/19, so almost 3 months old.

Nice hazy deep amber body. Small white head quickly dissipates to a ring and faint covering. A little lacing.

Not getting much on the nose except a little pepper.

There is a faint hop presence, but has clearly faded after only 3 months in the bottle. Having said that, the little that's left along with the pepper and warmth from the abv, and the strong malt background make for a good tasting drink.

Mouth well above medium, finish a sweet peppery warmth.

Overall, though not the beer brewed, still tastes decent enough to me. Will have to get on the other 3 in the fridge pretty quick though.

Jun 02, 2019
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is straw gold, head is brighter white with fine bubbles, 1.5 fingers thick; head dissipates to solid top, some lacing on the sides.

Smell is citrus, lean towards grapefruit rind, then some stone fruit, lean towards apricot, other subtle fruitys of melon, light sweetness, no hint of booziness but some resinous hops develop as it warms.

Taste leans a bit towards resin but not really piney or earthy, likely the ethanol interplay with the citrus/stonefruit flavors of citrus rind and apricot, light melon, some malt.

Mouthfeel is low/moderate carbonation, pleasantly bitter but not mouthnumbing, light sweetness to balance, resinous presence continues.

Overall a great, big, bitter IPA.

May 12, 2019
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Unpleasant start as someone else noted. The finish is better. Not what I would have expected..... Not much in happiness. On tap at Southern Tier Pittsburgh. B-day weekend.

Mar 29, 2019
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jameswaldo from New York

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Everything is triple in this except the hops, which hide behind a big fat sweet malt wallop. Disappointed this lover of hops bitterness. The only hops I noticed, hiding behind the thick maltshake, were feeble fruity floral hiphops. The "I" in this brew may be merited by an Imperial Ethanol Intensity, but for sure there's very little "India" hop bittering happening. Sad. Still, I much appreciate the Date Of Birth ID on label. Next season, Southern Tier, please use more bitter to balance that malt! Or maybe a different yeast to get the sweetness down?

Mar 28, 2019
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Disappointing. I was really hoping to like this- I like the 2x, but the overall impression of this beer is of raw alcohol dominating the other flavors. Raw, coarse, somewhat unpleasant at first, some nicer hops come out later. Oh well, can't win them all.

Mar 15, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

$ 17.11 (Including tax)/4-pack of 12 oz bottles ($ 0.356/oz)) from Market District #43, Wexford, PA. Reviewed 2/20/19.
“DOB 12/13/18” stamped on top of label. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.25.
Body – Dark gold, chill haze, some effervescence.
Head – Average (Maximum two cm, controlled center pour), off-white, dense, average retention, diminishing to a seven to ten mm ring and a thin layer with rocky islands.
Lacing – Tight bands of tiny bubbles, connected to the next band by a mastiff of bubbles.
First pour – Light yellow, clear.
Aroma – 3.5 – Weak floral and moldy citrus. Oddly not unpleasant.
Flavor – 4 - Begins mildly bitter with a weak floral and citrus taste. Ends mildly bitter. No alcohol (9.5% ABV) flavor. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4.25 – A sneaky, tasty brew – tastes like a sessionable lawn mower beer so you could easily pound a few. The alcohol is totally hidden.

Feb 20, 2019
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Roguer from Georgia

3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very little head production; retention is fine. Particulate in suspension. Body is a dark coppery orange.

Nose is swimming with throwback hop tones and a strong caramel malt body. Honeyed cracker, burnt caramel, pine, candied orange, lemon. So bursting with hops it almost smells stale, even though it's a fresh bottle.

Flavor is quite nice. Candied orange, pine, chewy pale malt, brown sugar.

Drinks remarkably lively and crushable for such a massive ABV; no sticky syrup feel, and while it's definitely a touch boozy, it drinks super easily.

Feb 16, 2019
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Stead2112 from Ohio

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid Imperial IPA.
Great hops, great character, sharp clean finish.
I thought it might be a little "Too Hoppy" when I first bought, I was wrong.
A solid recommendation and a damn fine Imperial.

Feb 05, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear, gold in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is a great mix of herbal hops, bread, lemon, and meadow. Medium bodied, high carbonation slightly bitter. Alcohol is well hidden. Complex study in herbal hops. One of the better non New England style IPAs I have had in a while. Way exceeded my expectations. A lot of triple ipas are messes of where flavor is sacrificed for additional ABV. This actually adds flavor. Perhaps my favorite ipa from the brewery.

Jan 19, 2019
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a short, creamy, bright foam with retention. Malty and bready aromas with  earthy hop aromas, a definitive booziness and light citrus notes. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Light creamy smooth feel throughout with pleasant warmth to the end. Malty and bready flavors up front followed by mellow, dank, citrus flavors. Medium hop bitterness through the middle followed by malty and mellow citrusy hops. Finished semi-dryly with sweet malty notes along with light, mellow, hoppiness. A ramped version of their DIPA, this is malty, mellow and has amazingly mellow booziness. Great flavor and easy drinking for a brew of this strength.

Jan 13, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper gold body with good head and stick lace. Aroma is slightly boozy with some citric and tropical fruit-like smells. A tad boozy, the citric hops are prevalent and there is a little balance due to tropical fruit-like sweetness. Also a little earthy, dirty and oily and ends up finishing boozy and crisp/dry.

Jan 11, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/6/2018. Pours fairly crystal clear medium golden/amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great 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 red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, honey, cracker, toasted bread, light caramel, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Touch of booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, honey, cracker, toasted bread, light caramel, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, woody, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, honey, cracker, toasted bread, light caramel, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome 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. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/sticky, and fairly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mildly increasing warmth of 9.5% after the finish. Overall this is an awesome DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the ABV, with the modestly bitter/resinous/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Feels like Columbus, Citra, Simcoe. Very juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hop complexity; with a nice bready malt backbone. Minimal residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and impressively well made style example as expected. Very well attenuated for the ABV.

Jan 10, 2019
3XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 86 ratings