Live Session
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,926
Ranked #37,338
3.72 | pDev: 8.33%
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: 33 | Ratings: 110 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.04/5  rDev -18.3%
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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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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
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FrMatthewLC from Canada (NS)

3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
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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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
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
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BFCarr from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
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 -1.1%
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 +2.7%
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 -5.9%
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

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | 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 North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +4.8%
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 -7.3%
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 -12.6%
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 -6.7%
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%
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 -3.5%
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%
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 +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 -0.5%
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 +4%
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 +4.8%
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 +8.1%
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 -0.3%
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 +0.8%
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
Live Session from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 110 ratings