Live Session
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,792
Ranked #34,591
3.73 | pDev: 6.97%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Live SessionLive Session
Notes: Live Session is bright, refreshingly loud, and cracked up to 11 by adding generous amounts of Citra hops, reflect the feeling of live music. Live Session pairs great with toe-tapping or head-banging to your favorite band on stage.

37 IBU
Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 92 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BFCarr from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a thick white head that fades quickly. Aroma is floral hoppy and pleasant. Taste is hoppy bitter and in line with a pale ale but lacks a bit of depth. Feel is okay decent body. Overall it’s a decent pale ale and at 5.5% it’s hard to complain.

Oct 31, 2020
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Gold with fluffy head. Fairly sharp aroma of citrus hops. Show through in the flavor as well with a slight pineyness, the malt not really noticeable. Pretty bitter, very dry.

Oct 11, 2020
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up yesterday with my brother as part of a mixed 15 pack of IPA and related beers. This one stood out for clarity and less concentrated bitterness than several others. There is some citrus and herbal flavors that give it some solid complexity but this is an easy sipper overall. A touch of grain in the finish but otherwise clean. Fine.

Sep 28, 2020
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CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Slightly hazy deep gold, Unremarkable head, visible slow rising carbonation.
Aroma: Aroma of Citra hops. Orange, grapefruit, tangerine
Taste: Mostly IPA bitterness some sourness
Flavor: Malt backbone, Citra hops, A slight bit of a champagne flavor in the end.
Feel: Light medium mouthfeel, slightly prickly carbonation, dry finish
Overall: A totally unremarkable and non-memorable beer. It is not bad, I would happily drink it if it was (the only beer) offered, but I wouldn't look for it. Many, many, better beers

Sep 21, 2020
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 7/8/20
Consumed 9/16/20

Pours a slightly murky pale copper with a head that laces up quite nicely. Off to a good start. Smells of citra hops and all that they entail: oranges and lemon and all that good shit. Taste follows, though is joined by a malty sweetness that balances what is a pretty low bitterness quotient. Finishes a little flat with a slight body. It's refreshing, though. I rather like this even if it doesn't exactly rock my world.

Sep 17, 2020
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arizcards from Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up three of these in Plymouth, NH 9-12-20 as part of the 15 can Overpack'd variety pack for $20.99. Canned 6-22-20; consumed 9-16-20.

Beer poured golden orange with a very nice long lasting white head.

Nose has light notes of citrus and tropical fruits.

Taste has hints of grapefruit, orange, and mango on a light malt base. Finishes pretty well balanced with a light touch of rind; 5/10 on my scale.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall a decent beer that works nicely as a session beer.

Sep 16, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear amber color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has malt hints
The taste has malt flavors
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
An easy drinking Pale Ale

Sep 13, 2020
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Raime from Greenland

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Park of an ST mixed 15 pack.

Look - Amber golden hues with a finger of soap atop. Moderate carbonation. Low stick.

Smell - Faint Marijuana and Mosaic on a heavy whiff.

Taste - Pretty much follows the nose. Floral mosaic, faint marijuana.

Feel - Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Swallows a touch bitter and floral.

Overall - Put this is a 15 pack for $10 and it's a solid bargain. Reminded me a lot of the Labatt Citra I purchased about a year ago. Solid session pale without any frills or anything that hasn't been seen before.

Sep 05, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Orange-amber in color. The color looks like west coast style hops were used. Fair amount of nucleation. Foamy pour. Glossy surface.

S: Mosaic and citra -- possibly azacca or cascade, 2 or 3 hop blend. Grapefruit and lemongrass predominately. A little bready on the nose.

T: The malt blend is mild, like a crispy cracker. The hops have a nice sharpness to them. They're not very strong. The mosaic came out nice. It's the closest thing to an herbal element present in the brew.

F: Prickly. A touch oily.

O: The brew lacks effort. Nothing special.

Aug 21, 2020
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

6/3/20...Pours medium copper, mostly see through and with just a touch of foam sitting on top. Grain nose and slight citrus. Very faint. Simple clear taste with a peppery bitter. Simple & straightforward. Delivers.

Jul 25, 2020
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with a May 2020 canning date stamp on the bottom of the can.
Puts with a slightly hazy amber colored body with relatively tall white head that has decent retention.
The aroma is mild and more bready than expected. This makes for a surprising rate at first. It's true to style but bolder, more hop dominated, and more bitter than the aroma suggests.
Medium body and carbonation.

Jun 19, 2020
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maddogruss from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a can into a glass.

A: pours light straw yellow withha smell, white head with nice retention and lacing.
S: light, floral citrus notes with hint of orangeade.
T: sweet, watered down orange taste with some light floral hops
M: smooth and crisp
O: decent beer overall; hops could have been a little more prevalent, but a good session, overall.

May 16, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-clear amber can pour with generous cap o’fluff and very little discernible aroma. The flavor is full for the style, tangerine with a touch of pine. The finish is quite clean. This is a flavorful session option.

May 05, 2020
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color with a slight haze that clarified as this warmed. Poured with a moderate, creamy white foam with medi uh m low retention. Light citrus aromas with fresh piney and resinous hop pellet aromas. Medium malt and caramel malt aromas. Medium light bodied with medium carbonation and lightly creamy mouthfeel. Light citrus flavors with resinous and pine hop flavors. Medium hop bitterness throught followed by caramel maltiness. Finished with light bready malt and caramel notes and a hint of piney hops. Great even balance of malt and hop characters. Flavorful and easy drinking.

Apr 26, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent gold with one finger of pearl colored head. great lacing & head retention

S: Pears, breadyness

T: Follows the nose, plenty of dryness & grassyness as well up front, some tangerine notes too. Dry breadyness, tangerine & lime as this warms. Finishes with bready sweetness, tangerine & lime

MF: Medium body, pretty crisp carbonation, good balance

Drinks easy enough, one I would consider buying again

Feb 11, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a can dated 11/26/19, from an "Overpack'd" 15-pk. Would like a slightly fresher one, but this is what's generally available. *shrug*

Translucent deep gold, with moderate white head, that leaves a tiny bit of spotty lacing.

Smell is pine, grass & citrus. Smells like an IPA.

Taste is fresh grapefruit, with some barely-there slightly sweet malt coming in late. Light pleasant bitterness throughout, that lingers on the tip of the tongue.

Feel is medium-light, with very fine carbonation tingle that creates a slightly drying finish.

Overall, a pleasant experience , that's nothing special...... & is just fine when that's all you need. : )

Jan 25, 2020
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CopperMtnPlowboy from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. can dated Oct 4, 2019 (100 days). Pours clear slightly on the orange side of yellow with low carbonation and thin head. Smell is strong with floral and orange citrus.

Tastes just like it smells - the citrus comes through a little stronger than the floral. Hop bitterness comes through on the crisp finish - which I didn't expect given the low carbonation.

I'd drink this again.

Jan 15, 2020
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a can of this beer from a mixed case that I got from my local Costco. The beer poured a slightly hazy orangish with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent had Fresh fruit flare. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with bitter fruit salad presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

Dec 15, 2019
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Profundobaso from New York

3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - poured into a 10 oz glass. Light golden in color, transparent, and small head with some lacing.
Smell - a lot of sweetness, with underlying citrus hoppiness. Some tropical fruit notes, and lychee.
Taste - just lightly hoppy, with underlying malt flavors. nothing particularly stands out, but smooth and has a clean finish.
Feel - medium bodied, high carbonation, and a bit high for a session at 5.5% ABV.
Overall - not overly bitter, but has the nice punch of hoppy fragrance, and is quite easy drinking.

Oct 26, 2019
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sometimes these sessionable beers don't end up being very tasty, but this is the exception to the rule...

Though it had a short lived head and no lacing, it was a very nice beer to look at - a gradient colored brew from a yellowish-orange to a more distinct orange color - something I enjoyed simply inspecting up to the light. The smell was sweet and citrusy, though lacking any background odor of malts or hops. Well carbonated but not distracting the taste is very juicy and lightly sweet, with an overall impression that this is certainly solid to very good.

Sep 06, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very few beers this light are also this robust on the hops, i thought it was really solid, and among my favorite recent southern tier hoppy beers i got to drink, cool they have so many canned hop forward offerings now, but i guess all craft is moving in this direction. anyway, the citra pops in here like crazy, there just something real modern about it, hopped like a hazy pale but without all the starch in the malt base making it heavy, really fresh to me although i didnt see a date on the can and suspect it could have even been a few months old, it drinks brand new. the peppy carbonation and the light body help a lot with making it a refreshing ipa, but the profile of the citra is great, lemongrass and soft herbal aspects as well, low bitterness but not none at all, and with a light oily feel that can only have come from lots of dry hopping. the is really pretty interesting for being mostly or entirely citra, its multifaceted, comes in waves, and really showcases this hop pretty well. tasty stuff, crushable at this strength too. ive been a fan of their hoppy beers lately, better than i remember from the old days when i lived in new york.

Aug 20, 2019
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can, canned on 05/09/19, thanks to my buddy Denis for this one! Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with about an inch white head that stayed around for a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like grapefruit, citrus peel, floral hops and some bready malt. For the most part I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also the addition of some grassy flavors too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth, a bit slick and easy enough to drink. I thought this was a good enough overall pale ale, certainly worth a try if you can get a single or get it as part of a seasonal pack somewhere.

Jul 28, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a conical pint glass; canned on 04/01/19.
A: Pours a very slightly hazy, golden toward amber color with a less than one finger, white head, rim retention, and spotty, albeit foamy, fluffy rings of lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel, cocoa, slight citrus and pine.
T: Semisweet. Flavors basically follow the nose, but spicier. At least medium bitterness consistent with the style.
M: Medium bodied with solid bitterness.
O: Nearly sessionably and drinkable. Kind a medium all around, just sayin.

Jul 14, 2019
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Gmann from New York

3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pretty golden color with a short white head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is of a nice floral hop, some grapefruit. Bready notes from the malt.

The taste is of floral hops, a bit soapy and grassy. A bit of spice. The malt is bready but light.

The feel is moderate and fizzy. Fairly balanced but finishes quite dry.

A bigger version of a session but still drinks very dry.

Jul 07, 2019
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Nephilium from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Moderate citrus hop presence in the aroma, pours a clear amber with a thin white head. Slightly sweet caramel malt notes to start with, fading to a short bitter finish. Light bodied, easy drinking. A nice change on the regular Live.

Jun 30, 2019
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