Live Session
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #1,574
Ranked #30,052
3.75 | pDev: 7.2%
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: 10 | Ratings: 42 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Profundobaso
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Nephilium
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is gold, transparent, good effervescence, head is off white with 1 finger presentation and some lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is light toasted malt, then hops with grass and floral notes, more subtle citrus rind.

Taste comes through with similar malt profile of toast and some biscuit but then the hops unload with great bitter profile and balance of earth and grass.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated then crisp bitterness drying out some on the finish.

Overall a great pale ale, on the hoppy side but still some malt backbone and flavor.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: floral and citrus;

T: floral and citrus with a nice malt backbone; moderate bitterness on the finish;

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

O: OK, but not something I would get again;

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can DOB : 2/25/19 Opened on 4/17/19

A spakling and clear golden-amber coloration. Smooth and leveled all-white foam has decent staying power. Nice, long coverage.

A classic APA nose, effervescent malty grains, like golden wheat and dank herbs. Wet grass, high tide and several things that smell like the past. Fresh hop cones on the earthy side with husky corn and sour yeast notes.

A very light and sparkling clean malty grains type feel and flavor at first...
Soft and smooth, slightly dry finish is classic APA. The hops inject some funky grassy Earth tones that vibrate into slightly sour wild fruits and herbs.

Drinkabilty is crazy high, crisp and clean but with very little hop complexity, unless you like the taste of 20 year old herbs and spices (which I actually do).

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Live Session from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 42 ratings