Pale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
226
Reviews:
145
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 226 |  Reviews: 145
Photo of puboflyons
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
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 biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a clear pale gold with a fairly large fizzy white head. There is lots of carbonation showing, and there is some nice lacing. The head lasted for a few minutes before it dissipated.

Smell - pale malts, grapefruit, hops corn, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is a very nice and refreshing mouth feel with this beer. Lots of carbonation make it seem really light and refreshing. The most noticeable flavours are grapefruit/lemon zest and hops. There is also a light caramel sweetness and the beer finishes with a bitter hop and citrus aftertaste.

Drink - Wow, just a fantastic session beer. I could easily see myself drinking a bunch of these, especially on a nice hot summer day. Definitely worth seeking out - Southern Tier rarely disappoints.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-This beer pours unbelievably light and clear. Literally could be mistaken for a light lager. Purely transparent. Head is born but dies to a filmy ring. Does leave decent lace but boy, is this pale.

S-Nice combination of grains, malt, and bright hops. Hops are quite grassy and have that good old citrus aspect to them. The malt smells quite like a cracker. Overall, a decent nose.

T-Hops are quite grassy. Has a soapy element to it. Cracker malt mixes with a noticeable grain character. Citrus flavors lean more toward lemon that orange or grapefruit. Well balanced but the hops do come out to play which is enjoyable.

M-Crisp, refreshing and rather light for the ABV. Slightly bitter. A refreshing drink.

O/D-Overall a pretty good drink. Nice hop character for the style and I am impressed at how much flavor is packed into a beer that looks like a Miller Light. Quite solid. Reminds me of their brew Hop Sun.

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Photo of avalon07
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 pathman
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed up a variety case today. Not sure how old since no best by or bottle date.

A - Wow a nice golden yellow, for a pale ale this one is very pale! I got a nice inch and a half of white head and decent lacing. Lively and carbonated!

S - Smells sweet which I like in my pales along with a bit of pine and citrus zest. Very little grain presence.

T - Solid sweet malts paired along a mild not overbearing bit of hop presence. More sweet and fruity rather than bitter pine. Flavor is solid and succession able.

M - Light to medium, so I was very surprised it has more ABV than Headwaters Pale (5.10 to this 6.00 ABV is well hidden!

Overall my only gripe is maybe it could use a touch more hops but its pretty impossible since then it would be an IPA not a pale. Light citrus hop taste around sweet malts and little grain harshness. Glad I have five more!

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Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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 hozersr
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Brad007
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden yellow color with a frothy head that manages to linger in the glass.

Aroma is full of grassy, slightly floral hops with a hint of biscuit underneath. Not bad.

Taste is full of bready/buttery malt and grassy hops. About usual for the style. Simple. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering malt and grassy hops. Balanced and drinkable here.

I like it. Certainly worth a try.

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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 Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 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 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 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 mrfrancis
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jaxon53
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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 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 jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Hootie159
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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