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Pale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
145
Ratings:
225
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
13.05%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 145 | Ratings: 225
Photo of Bighuge
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper body. Slightly hazed. Khaki froth on top. Nice citric nose. Lemon peel and pepper. A little orange and a nice base of caramel malts. Decent blend of malt and hops on the buds. Toffeeish malt base with an obvious blend of citric hop flavors. Lemon peel and a little grapefruit for good measure. Nicely restrained bitterness. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Nice brew.

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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 jmdrpi
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no date.

appears a bright clear golden color, with bone-white colored head. decent head retention.

mild hoppy aroma, with a touch of citrus. taste is balanced biscuity malt and light hopping. clean aftertaste. body is thin, with fizzy carbonation.

overall, an easy drinking beer. good for warm weather.

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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 ZAP
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Light golden colored...minimal head...pretty clear

S-Bready malts and a sweeter tropical fruitiness from the hops..

T-Pretty balanced....bready malts...nice tropical hop fruitiness...none of it is real assertive but it fits nicely for this style.

M-Feels just a little light in the shorts...I realize it is an APA but it seems lacking in body to me.

O-I like this. I really like the blend of bready malts and tropical fruits...a tich more substance and this would really be something..still good as it is...

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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 rlee1390
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Translucent straw yellow, one finger head

S-hoppy with citrus notes and some malt as well

T-Lots of citrus along with grassy notes. Wheat and malt as well. Some bitterness in the finish.

M-Light, smooth not much carbonation.

O-Although the beer look poor for an APA it smells and tastes good. However there is something missing (more hops?, not real sure) that keeps it out of SNPA's and other top notch APA's league.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. I the aroma, orange citrus notes and a small hop. In the taste, pine like hops and a dry orange citrus in the end. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange citrus and hop like aftertaste. Nice citrus adding to the dry hop.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours clear pale yellow with about a finger and half of white head. Leaves a little lacing.

S: Lemon peel, a little orange, floral notes, biscuit malt.

T: Very light floral hop notes with a touch of citrus, a decent amount of bitterness up front, but not much in the finish. Biscuit malts dominates the middle. Finish is light and clean with a hint of metal.

M: Light bodied, high level of carbonation. Feels a little hollow.

O: A bit on the weak side for an APA. Hollow biscuit malt taste with just a little hops (and again, not much depth of flavor). The plus side is it's easy drinking and there are no unpleasant alcohol esters to speak of, but I could definitely use more flavor and body.

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Photo of alexgash
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle.

Mostly clear golden yellow body. Two fingers of whipped, lacy, almost-white head. Nice lacing. Candied fruit and butterscotch on the nose, with some very light herbal hop accents.

Soft, bready malts up front. Earthy, slightly herbal hop flavors follow. Fruit and bread malts mid-palate. Light bitterness trickles in. Finish is kind of dry, with lingering bitterness and light fruitiness. Moderate body, with a slightly oily feel. Not bad, but not one of ST's better beers.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/31/2009. 12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear deep goldenrod with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, sweet melon, sweet fruit, and bready malt. Flavor of sweet grapefruit and citrus, caramel and toasted malt. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Nice APA.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer as a part of a "Pack of Pales" they were selling. Twelve bottles, three each of four of their pales. This one was as good as any of them and a good example of a pale ale.

Appearance was light amber, nice carbonation and pretty easy to see through. Very refreshing looking.

Aroma was floral with a touch of bready malts.

Flavor was everything you'd expect from a pale ale. Good hop flavor balanced well with the other components. More typical of an east coast pale than a west coast.

Overall a very good beer that I hope to find on draft some time soon.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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 +9.7%
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 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 micromaniac129
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Looks deep golden straw in color with a good foam head.
Big hop presence in such a light beer. Citrusy and piney hops come through, bitter and dry on finish. Slight malt taste can be picked up.
Feels smooth bodied but thin around the edges.
Some astringency at end, a bit harsh.
I've recently have been going back to pale ale for thier hoppy flavor instead of IPA's with thier high alcohol so for me this is a good refreshing beer for extended drinking.
Drink well my friends

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 355ml bottle with no visible dating. Picked up a while back from a webshop. The label states that this was brewed with two types of malt and two types of hops.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A bright golden-yellow colour with fine sediment and decent carbonation. Yields a huge head of fluffy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of intense fruity hops notes - grapefruit, citrus, mild pine resin. This is underpinned by sweet caramel malt and hints of dry yeast. Nice.

Tastes of fruity aromatic hops with a sweet, malty backbone and a bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, pine resin, caramel, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, with a dry bitterness upon swallowing. A faint stale hint in the background. The malt and hops don't feel entirely integrated, especially the sweet and bitter components of the flavour. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with hints of spicy hop oils. Good body for the style, but it feels a little undercarbonated and lacking in texture. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and dry yeast.

A tasty pale ale, just not quite perfect. It looks great, with visible yeast and a good head, while the aroma is lovely. The taste has plenty of character but the malt and hop bitterness clash somewhat, leaving it unbalanced. The carbonation could also be improved. I can't tell how old this is, so perhaps that is a factor (for which I cannot control). However, it goes down easily enough and I would probably have one again if I came across it. Worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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 rarbring
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear golden, a white head, some lacing, little curtains.

The smell is slightly citric, fruity, black currant, hay, some pine.

A moderate sweetness, toffee, brown bread, much hops, grass, nettles, lemon peel.

Medium small carbonation, small bubbles, soft and refreshing, medium body. A long dry finish.

A good craft beer, very well balanced and rewarding.

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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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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle picked up at Abe's in Bethlehem. Poured into my shaker glass. Appears a clear golden copper color with about two fingers of creamy bone white foam. Nose and flavors consist of citrus such as lemon, hints of pine, some grapefruit, toasted bread, sweet caramel malt towards the end. Medium slick body with decent carbonation. Worth a try if you see it around.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark gold with a decent white head. Some spotty lace at best.

Some mild citrus/hop notes (but it is there) with some light malt aromas.

Malt forward, but the malt isn't very assertive. Bread, maybe crackers and grain, and some mild citric hops to finish it off. There is a touch of sweetness, which dries a touch, and is balanced with the hops.

Medium body. Appropriate carbonation.

Decent brew. I can see myself having this at the grill. Middle of the road for strength of flavor, but the hops help this pull ahead a bit. A decent offering, although a bit reserved.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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 bigfnjoe
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint.

A- pours a pale shade of gold with a 1 finger white head. The head fades quickly, but leaves some absolutely amazing lacing. Like...stellar. That gets it extra points

S- sweet hop aroma...tropical fruits. Smells amazing, very strong

T- starts off with a nice tropical burst, ends with a decent bit of bitterness. Maybe a tad bit too sweet?

M- typical pale ale. Thin, but this one seems a little more watery than usual. Not good

D- I prefer SNPA, but this is a worthy pale

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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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Pale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.
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