Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,527
Ranked #7,774
4.08 | pDev: 7.11%
Dec 13, 2021
Dec 22, 2018
Notes: None
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3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 13, 2021
3.75 by Chipwells from Georgia on Feb 02, 2021
3.67 by Dbot from Delaware on Dec 18, 2020
3.98 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania on Dec 14, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

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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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Raime from Korea (North)

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
3.78 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut on Sep 06, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by russpowell from Arkansas

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
4.31 by JoeLacy from Ohio on Jun 14, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Peach63 from New York

Pours golden yellow with a 1/2 inch white head, which dissipates. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is mango, pine, pepper, orange.

State is strong pine, citrus zest, mango, resiny.

Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Semi-sweet to dry finish.

An excellent IPA from Southern Tier.

May 25, 2020
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4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Sewercap from New York

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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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Shiredave from New York

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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3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by chinchill from South Carolina

12 oz bottle with a February 2020 bottling date stamp on the label.
$3.59 from the Wall of Beer in Clemson SC.
Pours with a hazy amber colored body with a good white head.
Atoma. Boozy with mostly piney hops.
Flavor. The high ABV is partially hidden here and some citrus notes join the pine. Moderately bitter, at most, for the style.

Apr 24, 2020
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4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by arizcards from North Carolina

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

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
3.81 by tankg from Pennsylvania on Feb 15, 2020
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GreesyFizeek from New York

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
3.75 by cp45 from New Jersey on Jan 24, 2020
3.9 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Jan 21, 2020
4.02 by eljabak from Michigan on Jan 08, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by schoolboy from Ohio

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

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

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
4 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania on Aug 23, 2019
4.1 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Aug 17, 2019
3.99 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Aug 17, 2019
3.17 by acurtis from New Jersey on Jul 26, 2019
4 by ptat from Delaware on Jul 22, 2019
4 by RBorsato from Virginia on Jul 17, 2019
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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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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4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by REVZEB from Illinois

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
4.06 by bplabernie from Michigan on Jun 14, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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
4.24 by lccrunchy from Pennsylvania on Jun 02, 2019
4.44 by jahannah from Georgia on Jun 01, 2019
4.25 by DruC4 from Michigan on May 29, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JohnF from Pennsylvania

Good taste with high 3x alcohol. Similar to 2xIPA but more kick to it.

May 15, 2019
4.31 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey on May 14, 2019
4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on May 14, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

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
3XIPA from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 90 ratings