Orange Grove
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #1,258
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #25,515
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 7.07%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
31
From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
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Gots
  4
SCORE
85
Very Good
Notes: The days may be shorter, and the nights may be darker, but that doesn’t mean your beer has to be. Why not chase away seemingly perpetual darkness by enjoying a bright, fruit-forward Orange Pale Ale? Cascade, Chinook, Centennial and copious amounts of Citra hops create a delicious starting point, but we take it a step further by adding orange extract for a beer absolutely bursting with citrus aromas and ripe orange flavor. It might be as close as you’ll ever be to a Florida orange grove.
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Reviews by brureview:
Photo of brureview
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Strong orange-citrus taste profile.
Clear golden color, 4F head. Good head retention. Tangy MF. Hoppy finish.
Enjoyable beer. I was surprised by this beer- I was expecting a possible lackluster
Pale Ale, instead a beer with very pronounced orange and citrus. I really enjoyed the tangy MF and hoppy finish.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dlin0sbb
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KAP1356
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keith27614
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Southern Tier rarely, if ever, disappoints - and here's another example of such a thing.

I loved the great orange coloration and the sweet smell of oranges. Mouthfeel was well carbonated, more than I like, with a taste that all pale and light on the orange flavoring that rang so good in my nose. This was a good beer, nothing spectacular mind you, but definitely solid.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not bad for a pale ale but to me could use more flavor other than just orange peel maybe orange candy sweetness or tart sour orange? Just a basic flavor of orange.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This must be my week for drinking APAs infused with orange! Yesterday, I had Lagunitas' CitruSinensis Pale Ale & here is tonight's entry along the same lines. I will admit that Lagunitas set the bar rather high with theirs, but since they both came from the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop (FGBS), I feel secure in my anticipation of enjoying this one.

From the Bottle: "Seasonal"; "Ale with Natural Orange Extract added".

Extract!?! What in the bloody hell … ?!? I Pop!ped the cap in as a resentful manner as I could muster. I do not mind (most) adjuncts, but extracts are the easy way out/in/of doing business. Grr. I displaced my anger with a solid C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. It foamed forth to form four, no (ha ha), just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, off-white head with good retention, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of oranges, but it did not have the same authenticity of Lagunitas' CitruSinensis (or some such) from last night. Instead, it seemed somehow more like candy. I dunno. It's tough to quantify these things, but I was reminded more of a Charms lollipop or an orange Tootsie Roll Pop than of the actual fruit. Sure, it smelled like orange & I'm not dunning them too much as a result, but it still lacked authenticity. Mouthfel was medium, about par for this particular course. The taste was orange-ish, but I felt like it needed more … orange. It just lacked the Ooomph! that I got out of Lagunitas' offering. It may not be fair to compare them this way, but when I had both ready to go on consecutive nights, the difference was prevalent & stunning. Finish was semi-dry, but I was left feeling unfulfilled. YMMV.

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Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Crystal clear golden orange pour. 2 fingers of fluffy white head leave great lacing.

S: Orange rind... citrusy and fresh.

T/F: Light crackery grains to start with. Strong orange/tangerine flavor... just like the aroma. Juicy with lighter pine character. Fairly straightforward. Modest bitterness. Light body and drinkable.

O: An orange forward APA. Everything as advertised and a clean drinkable brew.

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Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of fresh oranges, light pine notes and toasted caramel. Sweet orange taste with a sharp bitterness.

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Photo of PaleAleWalt
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drtth
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The clear bright orange colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” ivory head that recedes slowly to a cap of foam and then to a thin irregularly shaped island of foam while leaving a sheet and some circles of foam on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates two arches of foam and lots of small patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas are mostly about juicy orange along with a bit of malt and a bit of orange zest in the background.

As expected from the nose the flavors are mostly about the orange juice. In addition there’s some crackery malt sweetness and some orange zest bitterness in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit prickly with the ongoing moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the juicy orange sweetness begins to fade to become semi-dry and then to eventually turn dry with some orange zest bitterness in the dry ending.

On the whole this is a reasonably well made beer that is drinkable for what it is and would seem to fit the brewery’s intent. However, it’s not a beer I’ll be looking to have again. The orange juice is well controlled and reasonably tasty, but that is also pretty much all the beer is about.

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Photo of chinchill
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle with a 4 Dec. 2018 bottling date, served in a Leinenkugel glass on 12/26/18.
Pours with a clear amber body topped by a semi-durable white head that leaves sheets of lacing.
Very nice aroma with a clear orange peel note mixing with citrus-hop notes. The flavor follows with the orange additives mixing seamlessly with the base IPA. Bitterness is lower than average for style.

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Photo of tigg924
4.84/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear, orange-gold in color with half inch head. Smells amazing --like a bouquet of fresh oranges bordering on a Yankee Candle. Taste is is orange pulp and rind as well as earthy hops. Light bodied, high carbonation, sweet. Very pleasant tasting. Lots of great orange flavor here without being anywhere near a New England style pale ale. Should have gotten more of this.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Crystal clear gold. Giant, frothy white head.

Smell: Strong hop scent mixed in with orange peel.

Taste: Mild hop bitterness with a bitter orange undertone. Very little malt characteristic.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, with good carbonation.

Overall: For the most part, this beer sets out to do what it means to do. I'd likely increase the orange and malt flavors a little to better balance the brew.

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Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/5/2018. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops, oranges, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness; and light fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops, oranges, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, sticky/resinous/rindy, and lightly acidic/tangy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.5%. Overall this is an excellent fruited American pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops, oranges, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink; with the moderately bitter/resinous/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Very flavorful for the ABV. Awesome Citra, Cascade, Chinook, Centennial profile. Very vibrant, juicy, and fairly dank/earthy hop/fruit complexity; with a nice solid pale malt backbone. No residual sweetness from crisp dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected. Great balance of hop/fruit flavors, nothing overwhelming.

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Photo of tdm168
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rolltide8425
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of captaincoffee
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a beer that doesn't necessarily have anything wrong with it, and sort of does what they are trying to do, but still doesn't impress. It strikes me as a very average pale ale...maybe one that even needs to cover up a flaw...that has some orange extract added. Yes, I get some decent orange on the nose and in the flavor. I certainly do not get the "copious" amounts of cascade, chinook, centennial, and citra hops that are supposedly there. The nose doesn't really offer anything aside from the orange. The flavor gives you a hint of a very light beer in there, but then stuffs it out with some orange as well. Not a bad beer, but not one I'd buy again.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzlyo
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is orange/citrus and big Capri-Sun. The flavor is orange/citrus, Capri-Sun, fruit/grapefruit, malts, a hint of dark fruit and a slightly warm/fruit rind/hoppy finish.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stofko1992
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hophugger
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hozersr
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LeftHanded666
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Orange Grove from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 31 ratings