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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 226 |  Reviews: 145
Photo of greengorilla
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug. It is nice golden color with a decent white head.

The smell is solid and hoppy.

The taste is of hops and of lemony citris. I really like the taste.

The mouthfeel is very good and it is quete drinkable.

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Photo of areich6
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoying with my good friend pschul4

A: Pours a transparent light golden color, with very little head. Looks very drinkable.

S: Smells great. Delicious hoppiness mixed with delectable lemony and orange notes.

T: Bit of a disappointment. The heavy citrusy flavors that the smell promised are not as strong as I thought they were going to be. However, they are still there and this beer actually tastes pretty good. The lemon and orange are still evident along with a little hoppy bitterness.

M: Very smooth. At 6% this would make a great session ale that you could get pretty happy with if you drank a 6 pack.

O: This is a good beer that is perfect for drinking at a party or any occasion where you would drink a good number of beers in a row. I think it would be a perfect introduction to craft beer for some of my friends who only drink macro.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this just recently became available in six packs, before you could only get it in a mixer 12 pack. no freshness date.

at cellar temp poured apropriatly into a ST pint glass. pours an extremely clear yellow- golden color. about a 2 finger soapy, rocky head that faded to a thin retentive layer of soapy foam. a fairly nice lace.

a nice hoppy aroma. smells like pellet hops, piney, tropical fruity, maybe a touch of citrus. not much malt comes through.

that good hoppyness definatly comes through in the taste as well. its all there, pine, citrus, almost grapefruit like. some pineapple come through a touch. hops really dominate this beer, maybe just a touch of some pale malt comes through in the taste. the hop fowardness definatly does not bother me. the amount of bitterness almost borders an ipa.

a light body and mouthfeel definatly keep this in the pale category in my opinion. a little resiny from the hops. nice medium amount of carbonation. nothing to complain about here.

great drinkability, an awesome session beer. im definatly revisit a sixer of this soon. no abv listed on BA or the bottle but drinks like a 5% beer. i highly recommend this, a great hoppy pale ale.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Pale gold in color, with a moderate head of foam
Aroma-nice, aromtic, citrussy hops
Taste-Citrus and hop blend-snappy and tasty-nice hopleaf bite, well-balanced
Overall, a tasty, well-balanced, crisp pale ale that would be a nice staple brew to keep in the fridge. Very drinkable. Nice.

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Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of snogglethorpe
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color of a darkish apple juice, with not much head and a long-lived course lacing.

The taste and smell are bold and aggressive for an APA: citrusy American hops with a slight tartness that have the character more of lemon than of grapefruit; nonetheless, there's a fine refined bitterness, as well as a suitably restrained sweetness. The body is somewhat lighter than a typical IPA, with a very slightly oily feel. There's a strong but fine carbonation that along with the tart/bitter/slightly-sweet taste gave a sensation of drinking a tart carbonated cider.

This is a wonderful beer, that packages the delicious American hop character in a dangerously quaffable form.

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Photo of modernartblues
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

Served on tap at Mikro into a pint glass

A- light golden body with 1 inch head, that leaves splashes of moderate lacing

S- fairly strong hop notes for an APA, I get the basic citrusy grapefruit nose with a strong note of pine, def. stronger than SNPA in the nose category, this borders on an IPA in the nose category

T- the beer isn't quite as hoppy as the nose would suggest, it still has a great grapefruit character with big wallop of pine that wins the day against the still substantial malt backbone that gives a touch of sweetness

M- medium tending towards light, excellent carbonation, clean bitter finish

D-This is an excellent APA that rivals Dale's Pale for my affections. An excellent choice for a session

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Photo of JAramini
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new favorite. I picked up a single bottle from a build-your-own 6 recently, and have now purchased a full six pack because of my delight at the first one. I don't drink enough Pale Ales because I drink so many IPAs and DIPAs, but this is a delicious APA.

Appears a pale, clear, gold. Smell is super floral and a touch of citrus.

Taste is more floral and citrus. All I get is flowers and fruits in this one and I like it that way. Bitterness is fairly mild, as is the malt. The malt is there providing some support but is unremarkable.

Mouthfeel is pretty spot-on for the style. Not overly thick or thin. Dials in at smooth, semi-rich easily-drinkable level of thickness.

And yes, drinkability is quite high. I could polish off quite a few of these in a sitting. I've been searching for the best IPA available to me here in the Eastern half of the country, and it might just be this APA. The citrus and floral qualities of this beer completely make it for me. I prefer citrus and floral to pine, grass, marijuana, and bitterness.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Pale Ale is a crystal clear, sparkling golden ale with a small white head that diminishes to leave pretty nice lacing. It has a bright, bold citrus aroma with notes of grain and flowers. It smells perhaps a touch sweet. It has a smooth and creamy, yet lively, medium body with a very light, dry, pristine finish. It has a very simple hoppy flavor of pine resin and grapefruit rind. The finish leans toward black pepper. It's very simple and drinkable; quite refreshing.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

355ml bottle bought from Beermerchants.com

Poured a light golden yellow colour with a slight haze... White head poured fairly thick and foamy then faded to decent light covering... light carbonation... good sticky lacing lines cling to the glass...

Aroma - Light maltiness mixed with a good dose of citrusy and peppery hops, pine, tart fruits (grapefruit, lemons, apples), very floral, quite grassy, faint honey sweetness, light breadiness, some sea salt...

Taste - Good grassy and citrus hop bitterness, light pine, tart fruits (grapefruits, apples), light sweet biscuit malts, hint of wheat, peppery, some salty notes, floral and perfumed...

Feel - Quite smooth with a little bite underneath... light / medium body. Very, very quaffable and refreshing...

Overall - A excellent, straightforward, hoppy and very drinkable APA... recommended...

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours a bright slightly hazy golden-yellow color with a finger frothy crisp white head atop. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lace.

S - The aroma is a mix of sweet malt, some grassy hops, and a bit of bready and citrus aromas as well in the background.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet malt and piney hops and bitterness. Through the middle, some stronger bitterness comes through with some citrus flavor and bread. The finish is a mix of yeast, bitterness, and sweet malt that lingers.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels really smooth and crisp without feeling watery or thin. The finish is just a bit dry and very nice.

D - Very drinkable. The malt-hop balance is really great here. It is also super smooth and refreshing and does not sacrifice flavor one bit.

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Photo of SuperNova777
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Pours a see-thru yellow with a fingers worth of fluffy white head that slowly resides leaving a nice lacing down the glass as I drink it down

S:A nice citrus and piney hop aroma coming to the nose along with some pale malts. Very inviting scent on this one

T:Just as nose detects a big hop flavor hitting the palate at first sip and then in the middle, then a nice layover of some pale malts on the end. Hops then linger on the palate begging for another sip

M:More of a solid mouth feel than eyes would lead you to believe, solid carbonation

D:Very refreshing and crisp pale ale, with the problem I've been having with most pales lately is that they're just not coming thru taste wise, not the issue with this one. Very drinkable, very flavorful, and all around crisp brew. Definitely coming thru on the hops and leaving me satisfied and wanting more. Good offering from Southern Tier...as usually.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the pack of pales.

A: Golden yellow with slight amber highlights. Moderate carbonation. Good 1-2 inch head dwindles to a lace.

S: Fruity with citrus aromas. Orange and tangerine mostly. Love the fruitiness. Faint malty sweetness.

T: Flavorful pale ale with citrus hops everpresent. Orange and tangerine are most prominent. Fruity esters add to the citrus experience. The bitterness is that of grapefruit and is pleasant and not too strong. Malts are light with a touch of caramel and a hint of honey.

M: Light bodied. Crisp. Goes down easy.

D: A very nice pale ale. A good staple. I reallly enjoyed the citrus character. Quite flavorful. I'll pick it up again.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Pours a nice golden yellow color with a medium head. Bits of lacing. I could smell this beer the second I started pouring it. Big Aroma. Grapefruit, lemon and a slight aroma of hops. Taste is crisp with a light flavor of grapefruit. Only slightly hoppy but with a nice bitter aftertaste. This is an easy drinking beer with a lot of flavor and great aroma. I really love Southern Tier 2XIPA but this beer is certainly one not to overlook. Well made.

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Photo of zeff80
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small white head of bubbly foam. It left small traces of lace on the glass.

S - Great aroma with bittersweet grapefruit, bubblegum and citrus. Good caramel aroma, too.

T - Good citrus and grapefruit flavor. Nice bitterness. Sweet caramel malt backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very nice pale ale with a great aroma and a really good taste.

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Photo of Jodio
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WesWes
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and Carapils malt scent along with a mild hop nose. The taste is great! It has a killer hop bite that's well balanced with a solid pale malt base. It's quite a bitter brew, bordering on IPA status. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a very good APA. I'd expect nothing less from these guys.

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Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer number 2 from my pack of pales. Batch #585. Pours amber in color with a nice thick white head that retreated to the edges of the glass. Nice lacing down the glass.

Aroma is very citrusy and floral. Taste is all about the hops as well, lots of citrus and grapefruit flavors with a nice long bitter finish.

Drinkability is very good. I really enjoyed this one and I would easily choose this one before their Phin & Matt's Ale. Very good Pale that tastes a lot like a good IPA. They should make this a regular, although maybe it is as I don't understand their vote for your favorite pale thing they have going on. I vote for this one.

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Photo of weave
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess I'll be the first. And it's my first review too!!

A- Crystal clear, fine bubbles running up the glass. Deep golden to almost amber in color.

S- Earthy, piney hops. Almost resinous in aroma.

T- Hop bitterness dominated. It is not an overly hoppy beer but the flavor and bitterness of the hops does dominate the malt flavors. The hop flavor is more earthy/piney than citrus. It is a touch spicy too. Maybe a good amount of wheat in the grain bill?

M- Nice cramy mouthfeel. Not thin at all.

D- Long bitter finish. Not quite clean. Light malt flavors and hop bitter finish means easy drinking.

I like this beer better than ST IPA. IPA to me is too dry and has too long of a bitter finsh. This beer strikes me as somewhere between IPA and Phin and Matt's in character. Hoppier than Phin and Matt's but with more body than IPA.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pour into my Duvel tulip reveals a burnt orange beer with a good sized off-white head. Lacing is adequate, but nothing amazing. The nose is promising, caramel malts and citrus hops. Southern Tier nailed this one, as there is a great malt base (caramel, same as the notes), with an aggressive, but not over the top wave of bitterness mid taste. The beer finishes with largely citrus hop notes, though there's some earthiness in the mix as well. The carbonation is moderately carbonated, to good effect, but the body seems a little on the thin side for this beer. It would be fine for a traditional APA but this beer drinks much more like an IPA, and for a beer with that that much flavor it's lacking. Southern Tier nailed this beer, the superb malt/hops balance makes it quite drinkable, though given how flavorful it is and that it clocks in at 6%ABV I'd say it's definitely much closer to an IPA than an APA.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a golden yellow color. One and a half finger fluffy white head shows good retention. Sticky clumpy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Nice big citrus hops hit the nose first in the aroma. Caramel malt backbone shows itself middle of aroma quickly getting covered by a nice floral hopping in the backend.

T- Citrus hops in the front roll over anything else except for a hint of floral flavor. Sweet bready malts in the middle give way to a distinct bitterness in the back end. Some light alcohol shows up toward the end but blends well with the bitterness.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is very good for the style. Citrus hops left on the palate with a nice bitter hops with pine like quality in the aftertaste. Flavors blended well together but showed flavors as individuals as well. Lower alcohol drying on the palate with each sip.

D- Very refreshing pale ale. This was a very easy drinker on a warm summer day. Southern Tier seems to be bu,ping it up a notch with their everyday beers.

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Photo of paulozanello
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very very clear golden color with hints of orange. This is a very unusual color for a pale ale, looks more like a helles lager.
Head is creamy and white leaving spiderweb lacing on the glass.

Aroma is of faint cereal grain and lots of resinous grapefruit and citric hops.

Taste also starts with some grainess but soon shifts to lots of citric grapefruity hop notes. I also get some grassy hops. Very fresh.

Body is medium towards the lighter side. Mouthfeel is amazing as well as the drinkability. I must've drinked the 16 oz in less than 10 min. Carbonation is medium to low. This really feels like a 3.5% abv beer as opposed to 6.1%.

Overall a great looking and drinkable apa, not the most complex hop presence in the world but as far as APAs go this only loses to a few of them, like Alpha King.

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Photo of avalon07
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: On-tap, in a pint glass at Oak Barrel Tavern. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A nice citrusy aroma, with some hops as well.

T: Tasted of mild hops, a bit of malt and a big shot of citrus (mainly orange and lemon it seemed). Slightly different from most APAs (the citrus level is higher), but still very lively and complex.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a likable, easy to drink beer. Well made and not at all heavy.

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Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from Buffalo.

Pours a clear golden yellow, some light amber highlights, thick white head forms and slowly settles down to a medium ring around the glass, solid sheets of lace stick around, looks good.

Smell is nice, light and hoppy, bright fruity aroma, a bit of pineapple and a touch of pine, caramel sweetness, a bit of biscuit and toasty malts, some floral hopping, wheat, a bit of lemony zing, nice aroma.

Taste is nice as well, bright and zesty, a bit of lemon and orange peels, pineapple, some floral, light pine, caramel sweetness through the middle, a bit of biscuit, wheat, touch of corn syrup sweetness, nice herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation, very refreshing. A nice pale ale, nothing fancy but goes down easy with some real nice flavours.

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Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Pale is indeed pale and, thanks in part to the filmy haze, its bright yellow colour appears like petrified sunlight. Its head arches like a giant celestial dome, leaving mystical looking lacing so adhesive it looks like it will last at least a millennium.

I like that the label is proud to share that ST Pale uses only using 2 kinds of hops and 2 kinds of malts. Seeing labels that boast of using an enormous sum of ingredients or having won a bunch of different awards is like those processed foods that make claims about how healthy they are. Chances are, the more healthy they claim to be, the less they really are.

Conversely, only 2 types of hops and 2 types of malts doesn't sound like it would make for thundering bouquet and weighty flavour but don't confuse the number of ingredients listed with amount of ingredients added! Sure, there's only 2 types of hops added but there's plenty of 'em! Indeed, it smells (and tastes) like they spared no expenses.

Yup, it's all hands on deck for hops: bitter, pithy resins, candied citrus, caramel-dipped pine tips, mango puree and a French-toast like maltiness make for a pale ale that is scarcely a shade less flavourful than any IPA worth naming. Seriously, this thing get's me boogieing like a funky bass line with its bright citrus notes and crisp, toasty malts.

ST Pale has the character of a beer two times its size; this has more bells and whistles than a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade. I'd like to submit my name for regional president of the Southern Tier fan club; big and small, this brewery makes nothing but characterful, lively, delicious offerings. This should be a mainstay in every beer drinker's fridge.

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Pale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 226 ratings
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