Pale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 145 | Ratings: 226
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a light golden color with a two finger white head. The head has good retention, and once it fades leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of citrus with lighter aromas of an earthy and grassy smell mixed within.

Taste – The brew starts out on the maltier side with notes of citrus mixed within. At first is is bready with some light notes of orange. Soon however the citrus changes from orange to lemon and the beer bitters as more earthy and grassy hop flavors some to the tongue. At the end a lightly bitter hoppy flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was very average as well as the carbonation. Both fitting and make for a refreshing feel.

Overall – A tasty brew that has a nice slightly bitter finish. Not sure why this one got discontinued?

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Photo of SickGnar
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: On the light side of straw. A bit light for style. Faintly hazy though, with a small white head that settles fast to a ring. Just a few spotty patches of lace.

S: Floral and citrus hops with a tough of grassiness. Juicy & fruity esters. Soft pale and toasty grain malt in the background. Quite noticeably sweet. Decent level of pungency.

T: Opens with a mix of floral hops and juicy, fruity esters – tangerine & apricots. Then grapefruit pushes in heavily and leans to citrus rind, light pine and then resin in the finish. Fairly firmly hoppy. Malts, while just a touch in the background, have good dose of juicy sweetness, but are otherwise pale malts & toasty grain. Grassy / hay / herbal impression grows as the glass warms.

M: A small bit over medium body with average CO2. Almost creamy. Start out just verging sweet and tacky, but hops push it drying.

D: Just about getting big for a pale and it shows. It gets to be a bit too juicy sweet, and you really start to notice all the low L crystal. It has a sort of jump between those malts and the hops. It could do with more middle. Robust, but light for style and rather plain for its heft. For all that, it is pretty good. I just wouldn’t have it as a session, but rather pair it with mildy spicy food.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a pint glass, it has a nice golden color body with not a lot of head. The smell is inviting of citrus/fruity hops. The taste kind sweet of citrus hops, a little bit of malt comes through on the back of the tongue. Very well balanced beer. Mouth feel is great, easy drinking.

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Photo of BigMike
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Pale Ale is only available in Southern Tiers Pales variety pack.

APPEARANCE: Pours a golden yellow color with a small amount of carbonation bubbles. The head is almost pure white and is light and fluffy like whipped eggwhites. Tight bubbles and huge amounts of lacing stick to the glass.

SMELL: I get a touch of floral initially in the nose followed by a big Pineapple aroma. Some citrus also in the form of tangerine and a touch of lemon zest. Strong hoppiness borders on IPA.

TASTE: Lot's of fresh hops. This is one of the more hoppier APA's i've had. Nice pineapple and mango flavors. Not much malt presence at all. This one is pretty much all hops and thats a good thing.

MOUTHFEEL: Light and crisp. I've been drinking so many big beers lately that it's good to take a step back once in a while. This is a smooth drinking APA. The abv. is not listed anywhere but i would place it at maybe 5%-5.4%. Very drinker friendly.

DRINKABILITY: I would say drinkability is real good with this. It's light and flavorful and very sessionable. I can see this being a nice stepping stone for someone who wants to get into IPA's and hoppier beers. Too bad you can only get it in the Variety pack. Overall i like this beer and can recommend it.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden with a short-lived white foamy head.

Smell: Grassy and malty with a subtle bit of citrus.

Taste: Slightly tropical sweet up front however grassy herbal hop prevails becoming more grapefruit citrus into the finish. The malt back bone is light, but is present to subdue the hop. Overall it's fairly well balanced and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

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Photo of Mardukk
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with a slightly off white head that lingers, lacing is present.

Very nice smell of malt and citrus hops.

The taste starts out very smooth and well balanced with caramel malt and hops. However, the bitter aftertaste the hops leave is jagged and not smooth. I've had beers that are hoppier than this but dont have that pointless excessive bitterness. The aftertaste/bitterness is also coupled with an odd dryness.

This is a medium bodied APA which fits the style very nicely. The drinkability is pretty high if you get used to the overly bitter aftertaste.

Solid APA that could be excellent if they could work on the aftertaste. I wouldn't seek this out again, there are better APA's out there.

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Photo of lovesoutherntier
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had it at the brewery when it was first released.

Appearence: amber to golden in color with a small head with some retention to the glass
Smell: smells of some c hops and maybe some amarillo
taste: tastes of c hops along with some very baked bread tones in the back. very well balanced, the standerded strong hop profile from southern tier, but not too much, balances well with the malts.
drinkability: this beer is very drikable, but what pale ale isnt't?
over all id say give this beer a try. there are better pale ales out there but this being the first test batch, hopefully by the end of it they will get it right in the end

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Photo of richkrull
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly cloudy golden color with some barely off-white head.

Smell is kind of wheaty. Slight hop aroma with maybe a hint of spice.

Taste is lightly hoppy with some spices coming through. Good flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel is light. Very smooth and easy to to drink.

Overall a good quality beer. Nice easy to drink summer beer. I liked it although not sure if I'd buy it as I think Alpha King is better.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straw-ish yellow, with average head of white foam. Attractive single-finger lace.

Mild hops aroma - definitely on the citrus grapefruit side. Not bad.

Flavor is very mild heavy on the citrus, with a little bitterness in the finish. Seems kinda acidic, but that could be the Pad Thai I had beforehand. Hah! Well-balanced flavor profile, though.

As a mellow citrus-oriented pale ale, this one a solid session selection. I'm just not too excited over it somehow.

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Photo of belgaridub
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow with a very small but resilient white head. Looks like a summer wheat as much as a pale ale.

Lightly toasted bread smell with floral, grassy hops.

Flavor is definitely balanced with a good base of light malts. No dark caramel malt in this brew. It makes for a very dry, toasted bread base that plays well with the floral hop presence. Has the particular taste of wheat malt as well to help balance the hops. Definitely not too bitter. I get a deeper hop flavor with more pine backbone in the flavor than in the aroma. Still definitely well balanced though with a floral, grassy flavor that mixes well with the bready, but not overly sweet malt flavors.

Not really what I think of when I think of an APA because the citrusy american hops aren't really as prominent as I would expect. A very good beer, but more in the realm of solid summer chiller than outstanding pale ale.

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Photo of cocogan
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Visual: Poured into pint glass. Gold/pee-yellow in color. No head retentino. Slight conglomorate of fizzyness in middle of glass.

Nose: Hello lupelins.. Floral, citrus, and fruit notes.

Tase: Piney, citrus, and floral hop taste backed with a hefty hop bitterness. Also present somewhere in the middle of the hop dosage is a slight butter toast malt taste.

Mouth: light, noticable carbonation

Overall: Good but seems to have a bit strong hop presence for a pale ale. If I wouldn't have known I would have guessed this was an IPA.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle purchased from the International Beer Shop and poured into a Redoak tulip glass.

True gold in colour, pouring with a white head of foam that turns into film after a short while.

Beautiful smelling brew, strong hoppy aroma, relatively fresh - considering the journey across half the world.

Palate doesn't deliver the hop bitterness that you might expect, still a solid hoppy flavour on the finish which isn't really bitter, but just "there".

Solid mouthfeel, about the right sized body for the style.

Overall a decent beer, wouldn't mind having this as a regular draught beer at my local pub. But for the price, there are better of the style around.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier Pale Ale

Included in the summer sampler pack.

Pours a clear straw with a soapy bone white head and little to no lace. Aroma is bready, with some pine notes. Tastes like a straightforward pale ale or even a weak IPA. Lots of bitter hops lending some herbal notes and an earthy rind bitterness. Tastes alittle like hop pellets smell. Well rounded bitterness, overall, a pretty solid pale.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale pours a light golden amber, almost yellow with a nice white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing as it falls.

Wow, the aroma is one of the strongest I've encountered in any APA or IPA. Strong bitter hops that shout GRAPEFRUIT waft from the glass.

The flavor profile has the candied grapefruit promised in the aroma but not as big, there is a pale lightly toasted biscuity malt background, lightly touched by caramel, on which the hops paint their picture and they are all about the citrus with a dollop of resin thrown in. Overall bitterness from the big hop flavors are tempered by the background sweetness of the malt. The finish is definitely bitter and lingers. This beer benefits hugely by letting it warm up a bit from refrigerator temperatures.

Mouthfeel is fairly light tending toaward medium with a fair amount of carbonation. Overall it is smooth with just a bit of harshness from the carbonation.

I'm having a hard time calling this a Pale Ale, India Pale Ale perhaps. These hops are more aggressive than many IPAs I drink. Not perhaps my favorite but a good beer nonetheless and hop heads will rejoice over it.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light straw color, with a very thin, white, patchy head.
Smell is malts, citrus, pineapple.
Taste is fairly sweet, with some citrus and pineapple, along a decent malt backbone.
Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Moderate bitterness in the middle.
Good drinkability. Decent beer.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very thin head on a clear golden with amber hue body.

S: orange and lemon citrus hops with pungent/musty notes.

T: mild malts with pine and noble hop like bitter notes. The citrus notes from the aroma are lacking in the taste.

M: light to medium body and lighter side of moderate carbonation.

Overall: Like the other APAs by Victory, this one is not quite up to the others in the genre in complexity. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of pschul4
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass shared with areich6

A- You want pale? Come git sum! This is very light in appearance which makes sense given the name of this brew.

S- Smells great! Loads of citrus hops in this one. Very pungent for an APA

T- Backs down from the smell forsure. Slight tropical fruit flavors with a big hit of pale malts. Not bad by any means but not living up to the aroma

M- Awkward mix of carbonation and smoothness. No balance at all :(

O- I wish the smell transcended more into the taste. That being said, not a bad APA

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Photo of Macca
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a straw yellow with an ok white head. Cloudy.

Full on hoppy aromas - pine resin, tropical fruit, citrus. Yum. A bit of malt.

The hoppiness that I expected on the palate isn't there. The malts stand up to be counted.

Full on bitterness though. Medium bodied.

A pretty good APA without being earth shattering.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #716...12 ounce bottle from pack of pales poured into a Dogfish Head tumbler.

Pours a nice, bubbly copper-straw color. Minimal head, but good carbonation floating through the beer.

Smells of hops, citrus, sweet, sticky fruit, bubblegum, pine needles...much what a pale ale should be...maybe even a bit more hoppy than a pale ale should be...but smells good to me.

Tastes of peppery spice, citrus, caramel, hops, wheat bread, a bit of sugar.

Mouthfeel is good...very poppy across the tongue, and the hoppy spice lingers for a good while.

It's a drinkable that can sustain an evening, or stand alone.

Overall, this is a pretty good pale ale...crisp around the edges, a little spice, and some delicious citrusy hop notes.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden pour with a white head.

Piney nose with maybe some fruit skin and tree bark.

Tastes pretty good overall, piney and dry with orange skin and litter box. Almost a mediocre IPA, but instead, a decent pale ale. Not really worth seeking out, but ok if it's in front of you.

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Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Folly Beach Brewing Company in Charleston, SC.

Pours a very light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grainy pale malts with hints of leafy hops and lighter hints of citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Muted pale malt flavors kick things off and are balanced nicely by mild hop flavors that join in shortly thereafter. Both malts and hops carry equal weight through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I thought the nose and flavors weren't robust enough to make this a really good beer but it remains one that's drinkable. Not worth seeking out but certainly not a horrible choice.

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Photo of TheDTrain
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tonight's brew: Southern Tier Pale.

How could this brew be 6%ABV? This Southern Tier Pale has serious drinkability. Hazy golden yellow pale ale has floral aroma which mixes nicely with hops and light yeast. Hops blended with citrus, yeast, malt, and sweetness makes Pale another success for Southern Tier.

Good drinkability. A few of these and the D Train will be off the tracks...

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of CaptainRedBeard in a recent BIF, thanks Corey! Pours a slightly hazed gold color with a dense cap of cream colored foam. Retention is great and lacing is ok.

Nose is pineapple and grapefruit hops with a biscuity malt presence. Clean and fresh smelling with the hops being the main focus. Smells pretty good.

Tons of juicy, tropical hop flavors with a firm bitterness on the finish. We are bordering on IPA territory here, but the malts stay light...doughy and grainy. Pretty good beer and I like the retro label. Maybe a little more hoppy and less malty than I look for in a pale ale though.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of floral hops, citrus hops, and sweet malt. Overall, not too complex, but good body and blend.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale pours a golden straw color, that is a bit hazey, and almost no head. The smell is dry and hoppy. The taste is first a bit hoppy, then finsihs a more sweeter malty flavor. Bits of some sweeter comes through; possibly hunny. Decent strenth in the flavor, but not the most drinkable. Overall a pretty average pale ale, nothing to special, but isnt horrible.

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Pale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 226 ratings.
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