Pale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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226 Ratings
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 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 ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of jbierling
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of smokejr
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of tommyd313
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Goldfishman
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of brez8791
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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

The beer pours fairly clear with a very white, but thin head. The color is a bit dark gold.

The smell doesn't have much going on, but it does have obvious notes of hops which give it a nice floral note.

The taste is a little subdued as well, but I like it. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel is good, as expected.

Overall a decent session beer for those who like IPAs.

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Photo of jnikkel
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of timbobandit
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of DSlim71
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Blakaeris
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear golden-yellow with a decent creamy head.

Aroma is grainy malt and lemony citrus. Not much there.

Taste is similar to the nose. Grainy malt up front. Then the lemony, floral hop quality takes over. Finish is relatively sweet with some pineapple notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

No off flavor, but not anything I find exciting or interesting either. Worth a try.

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Photo of rjs
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
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 mattyrubes
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of M27
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of wertschy
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this six pack up at the Empty Pint Pub on 12/23/11. Poured into my ST tulip which I also purchased that day.

Pours a copper gold with 1/2" of soft, dense, creamy, white head that has great retention. The nose is floral and bready. There are also faint pine aromas and hints of birthday cake. The taste is very malty up front with notes of birthday cake and bread followed by floral and pineapple-like hop characteristics. There is a mild pine bitterness in the finish. This is a lightly carbonated, medium bodied beer that is very drinkable and smooth.

This is a fantastic, well balanced APA. The hops are nice and pleasant, but the malt character is by far the surprise here. The flavor profile is solid, and this beer drinks easy.

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Photo of rxthree
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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 vfgccp
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Bright banana white gold. Fine white head with subpar lace and ok retention. Nice vibrant carbonation in the glass.

S – Mellow, tropical and well integrated. Mellon, papaya, soft malt, sweet Champaign and lemon zest.

T – Punch of floral bitterness up, then edges herbal through the center. A touch of black pepper and a light bready sweetness complement the bitters through the backend.

M – Full for the style. Smooth with a lingering semi-sweet bitter finish.

O – A fantastic example of an American Pale Ale.

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Photo of vicsju1991
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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