Pale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

PalePale
BA SCORE
3.82/5
226 Ratings
PalePale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
145
Ratings:
226
pDev:
10.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 226 |  Reviews: 145
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Southern Tier Pale has an orangish body and an off-white head that has good retention and lacing.

Lots of resin in the aroma, with citrus and grass as well. It seems like this beer has a good bit of bitterness.

This Pale is all bite. Loads of bitterness and resin, with bits of pine, grass and grapefruit. The malt base has a mix of caramel, bread and pale malt flavors. Not a whole lot going on here, with bitterness being the defining characteristic.

Biting and oily. The carbonation is actually quite nice and the body is medium for the style.

Southern Tier's Pale really just seems like an IPA to me, and an extremely bitter one at that. It is, however, inferior to the actual IPAs that Southern Tier makes.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler

A: Pours a very light straw color that is crystal clear and has a solid amount of carbonation bubbles. Pours with a very thin head that is pure white and is bubbly but dissipates almost entirely quickly.
S: Nice hopiness and a nice fruity scent as well similar to orange peel, something else very slight like a pile of leaves on a fall day
T: smooth taste, gentle hops, slight sweetness at the end, very slight citrus
M: smooth with a small amount of carbonation leaves a slight dryness on the palate
O: very enjoyable, highly drinkable, very light and airy, i could definitely see this as a session brew or something that i could have sitting around the house consistently

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a 12oz tumbler.

Pours a very light yellow, infact a bit too light, with a huge pillowy white head that is near perfect with some light lacing. Nose is more malty than hoppy, a bit yeasty with some mellon notes.

Taste is piney and a bit bitter but not over the top, very crisp and refreshing with a sharp finish. Mouthfeel is fairly full with slightly high carbonation. Overall quite good but not quite as good as SNPA.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 26, 2011. It pours a murky yellow with a quick buirst of head that dissolves quickly. The aroma has a strong citris, lemon note that tends to be a bit more obvious than the malts and hops. The body is light. Malts and hops are in the taste but it is the citrus zest that takes it all over. It has a refreshing quality.

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Photo of jar2574
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good sized white head. Pours clear yellow color with a lot of carbonation. Smells of grapefruit and hops. A little grassiness too.

Taste is grapefruit hops up front and some malty sweetness in the aftertaste. Not bad. Although the bottle says it is brewed using only 2 hops and 2 malts, and other Southern Tier beers have bragged about using more than that, this beer comes across as hoppier and bolder than the others.

Lots of carbonation keeps it interesting enough but the carbonation is about the only distinguishing part of the mouthfeel.

Easy to drink a good - if not great - effort by the brewery.

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Photo of rjs
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Exremely transparent with a light straw color.

S - A weak smell of hops.

T - Somewhere in between an orange and lemon, some light grains. Then finishes with a small kick of hops.

M - Thin and sticky. Lightly carbonated.

O - This was a decent, drinkable pale ale. I could see this beer as a gateway beer into IPA's or more assertive styles.

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Photo of Briken
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw/honey color with white fluffy head and good retention. Floral aroma. Nicely balanced slightly in hop direction. Floral and light sweetness. Hops strengthen but never dominate. Thin slick and easy feel.

A little hoppy for my tastes in a pale ale. Nice color and feel but not quite the easy drinking pale ale. A good substitution for when there’s no IPA available.

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Photo of JRed
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours transparent golden in color (think macro lager) with white bubbly head. Aroma of soap, mint, floral notes, and lemon skins. Tastes of floral notes, wheat, hops, mint, slight soap, lemon and grass. Light in body with zesty carbonation. A light, lemon forward pale ale.

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Photo of xdefeatsy
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Kunstman
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Goldfishman
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of M27
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden color, with a nice head that fades to some lacing.

S: Pleasant but mild citrus aroma with a bit of sweetness. very subtle.

T: Pleasant but mild bitterness with some caramel sweetness. Ha a nice dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, crisp but quite smooth and refreshing.

O: Easy drinker, good for a few. Nothing fancy. I was expecting a bit more but still a good beer.

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Photo of hardcor33
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very light and crisp American Pale Ale. So crisp that the hops begin to stand out above the malt flavor, causing the beer to balance toward citrusy and bitter balance. Much less caramel than Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale that the beer may seem overly hoppy as a result.

The beer pours a very pale straw color and with the slightest of haze, resembling more of a German Lager than a Pale Ale- no hint of amber or caramel in sight. A semi-froathy and partly creamy stark-white head tops the beer in moderate volume, retaining very well after reducing to a hearty sheet, and lacing quite well with random patterns on the glass.

Citrus aromas about, but not without the roundness of light straw and grass, mild lemon, grapefruit zest, and orange peel. The supporting malt character gives a light scent of sweet breads and crackers is soft and understated, intent on letting the hoppy nose to govern the scent.

Similarly, the malt flavors succumb to the hops, but portray a timid bready, grainy sweetness with a touch of powdered sugar, and cracker-like breadiness. But then the medium grapefruit, light lemon, and vibrant grassy flavors take hold and usher in a clean and growing bitterness into a very crisp finish with only a linger of citrusy bitterness backed by a memory of malt. Alcohol flavors stand out a bit more than the standard Pale, but largely because of the lack of a malt curtain to hide behind, contributing a noticable ethynol bitternss and unadulturated bite.

Medium-light, but marketedly creamy early due to ample carbonation. But that's short lived as the hop dryness and highly attenuated malts slam shut on any malt sweetness or texture anywhere past mid palate.

By most standards, this may be an extra pale Pale Ale that's much crisper, cleaner, and in some ways- naked. It doesn't allow for flaws at any level becuase of the simple recipe and limited complexity. Still, the beer is satisfactory for fans of beers that balance toward the hops.

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Photo of fizzyted
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of brez8791
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Lemke10
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a semi-cloudy, golden yellow color with a thin, off-white head. The scent is mild with hops mixed with hints of citrus. The taste is weaker than I would expect from Southern Tier. The texture is thin and the flavor is weak with just hints of wheat and grains. Not really much of a bitterness to it either. Granted I did get this after it was listed as “retired” so maybe it lost some flavor along the way.

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Photo of DSlim71
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of twenty5
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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 tommyd313
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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