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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Ratings: 226 |  Reviews: 145
Photo of ujsplace
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pub glass.

Thick, white foamy head sitting on top of a bright yellow body.

Smells of mild hops, slightly buttery.

Tastes of bright citrusy fruits with mild bitters and possibly a hint of floral hops.

Light mouthfeel, crisp and clean.

Good and drinkable. Truly a pale ale. Very mild and drinkable by anyone.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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 oberon
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST is one of my top five American breweries,one of the few things I miss from Western NY.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep golden with a tinge of burnt orange,a tight formed one finger off white head atop.A mix of caramel/biscuit and citric hop,there is a light "green" leafy hop note there as well, but its light.A well balanced APA with hops winning out in the end,big firm toasted sweetish caramel malt flavors stand up well to citric, and leafy hops,the hopped up finish is nice.A solid beer for the style although its becoming ever to common to find this beer made by other American brewers,still I liked it.

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Photo of juju7
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Given the amont of hype that fellow Australian BA's give some of these hopped up American made APA's, it's hard to keep expectations down. This is good. A well made beer. But at the prices you have to pay in Australia for these beers? No it's not that good. Plenty of hops? Sure. Balance? Not so much. Character? Meh. At these prices I do expect a little more.

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Photo of animalchin
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice solid darker golden color. Very nice lacing with a head that stays for some time - gradually dissipating.

S - A lot of floral hop notes in the nose - almost of rose and mild spice. Very nice.

T - Generous hops on the tongue, followed by pine and some tea leaf - close to rooibos.

M - Thick heavy cream - but not over the top.

D - Sits nice - could do another.

Notes: Definitely one of the finer pale ales I've had. The aromatic spice and herbs carries through into the taste in a way that each sip brings along new flavors. I'd suggest this to any person who calls him/herself an APA fan.

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Photo of Mardukk
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
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 Bighuge
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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 BigMike
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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 almychristopher
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a nice golden color with a perfect white head that recedes leaving just a touch of lace that still clings nicely to the side of the glass. the aroma brings a nice bit of citrus hops, balanced nicely by the sweet maltiness, with a bit of the yeast esters as well. a very nice hop bite at the front again rounded out beautifully by the sweet malts. the medium mouthfeel and adequate carbonation make this a beer worth looking for, on par with or better than other beers in the pack.

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Photo of Buebie
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pub glass, forming an inch of frothy head and receding to leave globby bubble islands and thin lace. Not much carbonation rise and almost a murky un attractive color off this.

Still it smells wonderful and thats a plus. Plenty of sweet necter in here with caramel malty delight. Fruity too mixing it up with oranges and grapefruit and almost a cactus fruit aroma. Quite malty resembling clover honey and its very intoxicating to just inhale the aroma off this.

Taste is also quite good exceeding my expectations for the style. Not as sweet now in flavor, but malt still shines through providing great grain flavor here as well as packing a punch of hops. Bitters begin to dominate into the swallow, pine now owns all, where it once was a citris filled orange and leafy hop flavors.
Mouthfeel is a tad thin, carbonation provides some fuller feel, but overall its thin and well carbonated.

Aside from mouthfeel and seeming overly bitter for the style this is a good beer. Hops deliver some desired flavors for a hop head like me and malt provides terrific aroma and semi sweet flavors upfront.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Gavage
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a fluffy 3"+ head that lasts a while. Moderate lacing develops during the session.

Smell: big floral hops and orange citrus are bold and very pleasant.

Taste: caramel, orange, pears, and a big floral hop bitterness make up a very tasty pale ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with some mild dryness late.

Drinkability: this is a beer you can drink all day long. Refreshing and just a nice APA anyone would enjoy.

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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 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 ClockworkOrange
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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 TheFightfan1
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into my mug. Pours an almost neon yellow clear color with a heavy thick tightly bubbled heading. Leaves some legs but only in the beginning.

Smell is kind of fruity with a slight hoppy aroma and a doughy maltiness. Seems well rounded.

Taste is well deceiving hoppy at first,then a bit fruity, and finishes a little doughy.

Mouth is smooth and bitter,light bodied and good carbonation.

This is a drinkable session like Pale ale.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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 BuffaloTapHugger
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 716

A: Hazy "Heathcliff" orange. Gorgeous first impression, fast fading white head and spotty lacing to follow.

S: Hop in the front with a splash of citrus action in the back (lemon, grapefruit).

T: Classic APA in style, great hop thats stays with the program throughout. Finishes clean without a malt in site.

M: Medium bodied, great carbonation, ABV blends well. Perfect in every aspect of the notion.

D: Where do I sign up? Unfortunately this brew can only be located in two locations. Eat in or take out.

My quest is almost complete....

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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 lovesoutherntier
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
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 BeerPhan86
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time trying this, came in the "Pack of Pales" mix pack. Four great hoppy beers in one mix pack is perfect for my taste.

A - Clear golden color, not very dark at all. Thick, sticky white head.

S - Smells of floral hops. To me this smells alot like an IPA.

T - Wow, quite hoppy for a pale ale. Very fruity hops, not bitter until the end. Very crisp, clean taste. Not too complex but I really like what's there.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy, not as light as the color led me to expect.

D - I could drink this all night. It tastes like an IPA but doesn't carry the same higher alcohol content.

Overall a very solid pale ale. I haven't seen it in six packs, and since there are only seven reviews I would assume this is a new beer from ST. I would still probably opt for the Southern Tier IPA if buying it alone but it is nonetheless very good. If there is one thing this brewery has mastered it's hoppy beers, and this is no exception. Cheers!

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had to buy the pack of pales to try this beer which chaps my ass.

A: Clear golden color. Much lighter than you would expect from a pale ale. A half finger of white head with some decent lacing.

S: A nice floral hop aroma hits you first. Really searching you get a touch of malt but there really is not much else there.

T: Really well balance. Quite a bit of taste but nothing really to think about. This should be given to people just getting into craft beer. Touch of hops up front then into a nice neutral malt taste. Really well balanced.

M: Very light. Very enjoyable on a hot summer day.

D: If this is less than 5% this is an epic win for Southern Tier. I do hate that you can only get it as part of their variety pack. Their 422 while good is only ok and I can get cheaper beer than I enjoy more. The IPA is always a plus and the other APA I get to review. Good beer poor marketing.

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Photo of jabel9
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier has climbed the ladder and become my favorite brewery. There is nothing from this company that I don't enjoy. Having said that, time to review the Pale Ale. The first impression is that this would be a fantastic session beer. Not too heavy and very smooth for a Pale. Taste, smell, mouth, and drinkability are all above average. If you are a fan of hoppy beers then I would suggest going with the IPA but overall another solid effort from a great brewer.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. This is the final ale in the Southern Tier Pack of Pales.
The appearance yellow and clean. No real smell.
Smooth hop profile, oil slick mouth feel. Clean crisp taste.
Alcohol taste is pretty hidden.
Nothing to fancy here.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a perfectly pale copper hue crystal clear with a bright white head, not to far off from Phin and Matt's appearance. Aroma has grapefruit and pine accents going on with minimal malt sweetness. I don't think I like the new retro labels, way to technicolor for me. Nose is really a blast of sugar coated hops very enticing and probably not too heavy on the alcohol, it's so nice to drink their standard beers. Rather than the Choklat, Mohkah bastardization of beer styles that they have become known for. Upfront with hop flavor crystal malts and some sugar coated grapefruit breakfast experience. Also a bit of piney hop flavor but not super bitter, it's that massive hop flavor with moderate bittering hops that makes for a helluva good session brew. Mouthfeel is slightly slick with hop oils but light to medium bodied, doesn't stick to your palate and leave you wanting to scrape the hops off your tongue. Drinkability is very solid one of those grass mowing or session pub ales that will definitely sell better than some of their past lower alcohol styles.

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