Live Session
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #1,052
Ranked #24,936
3.68 | pDev: 8.15%
Jul 09, 2022
Apr 10, 2019
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
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Reviewed by whynot44 from Missouri

3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Clear light amber color with a foamy white head, good retention and some very nice lacing.
The aroma is citrus and pine resin with a background of light malt.
The taste is grapefruit and pine resin and light sweet malt with a dry somewhat grassy finish.
The body is light/medium, smooth, moderate carbonation, very drinkable.
Altogether this is a decently balanced pale ale, tasty and refreshing enough for a warm summer cooler.
Jul 09, 2022
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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass. Best by 8/23/22, so well within date.

L---Crystal clear, light amber color. Fluffy white head had good retention and left very nice lacing.

S---Pine & citrus some light grapefruit.

T---Pine & floral hops. Citrus is very light.

F---Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O---Decent, but not especially good. Glad I only got one.
Jun 25, 2022
Rated: 3.14 by selekt0r

Jun 17, 2022
Rated: 3.7 by Mac_Cheesin from Maryland

May 13, 2022
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Purchased as part of a 15-can variety pack from Sam's Club for $16.89. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - Straw-gold, with a slight haze. A wonderfully fluffy three-finger off-white head stays the whole session.
S - Mild pine and citron, with a broad pale wheat note.
T - Quite grassy, actually. The wheat and very mild citrus notes are present. A bit of a bitter finish to a rather balanced session. Despite the average ABV, there's an ethanol note present towards the end of the glass, brought out by the bitter finish.
F - Medium-bodied, with mild carbonation. Refreshing and drinkable. Satisfying, yet not too filling.
O - More carbonation would help what this brew is going for. This drinks like a very mild IPA. Really digging the flavors here though - mild, but not subdued. I figure if this brew is marketed more around here (WNC) it'd be wildly popular this summer. Taking this one camping!
Apr 30, 2022
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Reviewed by burnstar from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a pale clear gold- nice big persistent rocky head. Smell is some good citrusy hops. Taste is very similar to the nose, but what is pleasant in the smell seems a little on-note in the flavor. Light malt and light citrusy hops. Tastes good but seems like its missing something. Light bodied and very drinkable which is the idea. Not anything that memorable, but at the same time, it seems like the really accomplished what they were going for- sessionable american pale ale for sure.
Mar 19, 2022
Rated: 3.29 by Roberto11232 from New York

Mar 08, 2022
Rated: 3.72 by Danzifer from Ohio

Feb 24, 2022
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Light amber with chill haze, generous off-white head, great retention, rings of lace
Big grapefruit and light pine aroma
Tastes like it smells, with some light caramel malt, but not that full
Medium-light bodied with lower carbonation
I think this would be awesome to have on cask, but out of a can, it lacks something
Feb 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Dustin015 from Maryland

3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
L- Hazy straw with light head and light lace

S- Floral and citrus hops

T- Floral orange and citrus hops very light malt very dry and very little bitter

F- High carbonation dry feel

O- decent session but unremarkable
Feb 15, 2022
Rated: 3.65 by ScottyB515 from Ohio

Jan 30, 2022
Rated: 3.68 by chrrov

Jan 25, 2022
Rated: 3.59 by bankboy66 from New Jersey

Jan 15, 2022
Rated: 3.87 by TonyStarks2231 from New York

Jan 14, 2022
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Reviewed by BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Best by date of 04/14/22
Reviewed on 1/10/22

From what I understand southern tier gives their beers ~3 month shelf life. I'm guessing this was canned some time in early December of 2021, meaning this specific can is reasonably fresh.

Look: Pours a light orange shade of golden yellow with a one and a half finger head of rocky off white foam. 90% translucent with a very light haze.

Aroma: Grapefruit pith, orange marmalade and tangerine.

Taste: Nice balance of bitter hop / citrus oil and malted grains. Light and refreshing flavors of bitter oranges and tangerine peels. Goes tropical midpalate with a bit of pineapple puree, before ending on gentle sugar cookie like flavors of toasted malt. Very simple. Easy drinking.

Feel: Bubbly and crisp, still with some weight to it. I wouldn't call the body "light" but it's somewhat lighter than average. Perfect mass for a session ale.

Overall: I got this as part of southern tier's mix pack with 4 other beers and was pleasantly surprised. Having paid just over $15 for 15 beers, I really can't complain.
Jan 10, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by evostudios12 from Florida

Dec 30, 2021
Rated: 3.56 by Khaack from New York

Dec 20, 2021
Rated: 3.83 by hotwired from New Jersey

Dec 19, 2021
Rated: 3.64 by oberon from North Carolina

Nov 02, 2021
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
12 oz can, BBD 11/11/21, into THAT! NE IPA Snifter.

Gold in color, chill-hazed, with a lush finger of bone white head.

Aroma of fresh pine, grass, and cannabis on the nose. Slight crisp pilsner malt.

Flavor is onion, newspaper, oxidized hops, a dash of pine, and a touch of lemon peel. No meat left on this bone.

Feel is crispy and carbonated with light lingering resins.

Overall, I gotta say this one's completely wasted. For still having a BBD of 2 weeks from now, this one sure pissed the bed. An oxidized mess with some life supposedly left? Since there's no canned on date, the safest way to enjoy this is to get one where the BBD is at least 3 months away. Shrug. I poured it down the drain. Wasted trial. Too bad.

$1.66 @ Binny's in Bloomington IL
Nov 01, 2021
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
12oz can, big ole smudged date

Look is clear, sudsy cap that quickly recedes and sticks. Smell is that signature citra smell quickly overshadowed by lesser scents. Crisp and refreshing and grassy tasting... the taste and feel isn't special but there is something that makes this magical and noteworthy... just solid hoppy beer with a low enough ABV to make me happy

Makes me sad how they tout the Citra hops on the box and then when I look into it- "FOUR VARIETIES OF HOPS" are apparently used... So, it's no 2012 Surly Wet, but It's still good stuff tho.
Oct 25, 2021
Rated: 3.77 by lost_sailor from Massachusetts

Oct 01, 2021
Rated: 3.85 by Klister from Maine

Aug 17, 2021
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Rated by sbrowning

2/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Not a good mouth feel, weak, thin, strident
May 30, 2021
Rated: 3 by nmann08 from Virginia

May 22, 2021
Rated: 3.56 by Timmmmaaayyy from Pennsylvania

May 20, 2021
Rated: 3.63 by Jcreek from Illinois

May 17, 2021
Rated: 3.69 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

May 11, 2021
Rated: 3.98 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania

May 08, 2021
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Reviewed by FrMatthewLC from Canada (NS)

3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Solid beer but nothing exceptional. This beer gives you about what I expected from a session pale ale: pretty light color, decent hops, not too strong of a malt flavor.
Apr 20, 2021
Rated: 3.84 by DrewTheBrew from Ohio

Apr 18, 2021
Rated: 3.87 by edthehead from New York

Apr 03, 2021
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Reviewed by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From a 12oz can dated best by 6/30/21 into a pint glass.

Pours a translucent golden amber color with about a finger and a half of white head. Ok retention, nice lacing.

Not much on the nose. Faint citrus and a bit of pine.

Taste follows...weakly. Some pine and grapefruit. Bit of orange.

Easy drinking enough. Slightly thin, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Light bitter aftertaste. Low to medium carbonation.

Overall, not bad but a bit of a yawner.
Mar 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from the can into a nonik pint glass.

Rich beaming three plus finger head, slightly off white just hinting a hair of yellow. Fine bubbles and big IPA like retention to match. Glowing copper orange body, with a faint touch of chill like haze. Otherwise pretty solid.

Real nice mix of sweet aromas of hop and malt. Fruity touches of sweet orange and a bit of marmalade coupled with light caramel and crackery notes.

Much of the palate follows the nose. Light bodied, but a good hop presence. Chewy sensing palate but lighter with a big orange sweetness more in a marmalade bitter mix. Finishes good on fruit quality, hints an earthy bitter pine as well for excellent contrast too. Good stinging needles like sensation while drinking, letting the hop bitterness announce noticeabley but isn't jarring either.

Very nice take on a light ale, and full of flavor both in malt and hop realm.
Mar 19, 2021
Rated: 3.65 by funku2 from Colorado

Feb 07, 2021
Rated: 3.79 by markallmon from Tennessee

Feb 05, 2021
Rated: 4 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Nov 16, 2020
Rated: 3.23 by cindiwindi1025 from Michigan

Nov 04, 2020
Rated: 4.02 by soarinsteven from Illinois

Nov 02, 2020
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Reviewed by BFCarr from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
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
Live Session from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 128 ratings