Pale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

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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Photo of JackieTH
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden with a short-lived white foamy head.

Smell: Grassy and malty with a subtle bit of citrus.

Taste: Slightly tropical sweet up front however grassy herbal hop prevails becoming more grapefruit citrus into the finish. The malt back bone is light, but is present to subdue the hop. Overall it's fairly well balanced and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

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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 nickfl
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with just under one finger of foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - An herbal, grassy hop aroma with some bready malt and just a hint of grapefruit in the background.

T - Lightly sweet, grainy malt up front with a little bit of honey. Grassy hop notes in the middle transition to a surprisingly strong citrus character towards the finish. Pink grapefruit and orange hop flavors with bready malt and moderate bitterness close out the experience.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very nice, the aroma is somewhat subdued with mostly grassy notes and a hint of malt, but the flavor is much more pungent. The same grassy hops and light malt dominate the flavor profile at first, but about half way through, they make a surprising shift towards pungent fruity hop character. Pink grapefruit and orange make for a very enjoyable pale ale experience with soft, light malt in the background keeping things grounded. A very drinkable pale ale that is quite a bit better than average, especially if you are fond of citrus hop flavor.

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Photo of shand
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Like everything Southern Tier, this looks great. Pours golden with three fingers of head (right up to the top of my glass!), very fluffy. Retention is about average, and lacing is great.

Smell: Hops hops hops. There's a bit of grapefruit rind here too.

Taste: Pretty good! This is actually quite a bit hoppier than their standard IPA. There's less malts on this one and the hops are more up-front. The heavy grapefruit rind also does a bit to further the IPA illusion. There's just a little bit of malts at the end. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Slightly carbonated and smooth. Good.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable, the bitter grapefruit peel hurts it just a bit in this aspect, it's mostly what lingers around in the aftertaste.

This is a pretty decent in-between the style of a normal Pale Ale and an IPA. Another good beer from Southern Tier, it's pretty hard to find faults with their stuff.

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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 PicoPapa
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Pours a nice golden yellow color with a medium head. Bits of lacing. I could smell this beer the second I started pouring it. Big Aroma. Grapefruit, lemon and a slight aroma of hops. Taste is crisp with a light flavor of grapefruit. Only slightly hoppy but with a nice bitter aftertaste. This is an easy drinking beer with a lot of flavor and great aroma. I really love Southern Tier 2XIPA but this beer is certainly one not to overlook. Well made.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$1.50 / ea.

A: Bright golden body topped with a big loose head of moderate retention that leaves behind a heavy foam lace and thin ring of bubbly cover.

S: Dominated by grapefruit citrus and hints of pine. Subtle hints of sweet bready malt peak through if you take the time to observe.

T: Grapefruit up front, but a very light aftertaste. Reminds me quite a bit of SNPA. The sweetness is subdued, and the bready malt enjoyable. This is what I expect of a pale ale.

M: Moderate body with medium carbonation. Not quite crisp, but refreshing overall.

D: Very sessionable beer. Great taste, light on the palate, and refreshing. Good times could be had.

O: Probably my favorite ST selection to date.

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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 wedgie9
2.64/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted from 12oz bottle. Pours pale golden with a very thin white head. Nose of hops, pale malt, and light yeast. Flavor is maltier than expected with bitter hops and yeast on the back. There are also dusty and acidic qualities. Body is light with heavy carbonation and a medium-length bitter finish.

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Photo of snogglethorpe
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color of a darkish apple juice, with not much head and a long-lived course lacing.

The taste and smell are bold and aggressive for an APA: citrusy American hops with a slight tartness that have the character more of lemon than of grapefruit; nonetheless, there's a fine refined bitterness, as well as a suitably restrained sweetness. The body is somewhat lighter than a typical IPA, with a very slightly oily feel. There's a strong but fine carbonation that along with the tart/bitter/slightly-sweet taste gave a sensation of drinking a tart carbonated cider.

This is a wonderful beer, that packages the delicious American hop character in a dangerously quaffable form.

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Photo of sjverla
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose: Grassy, hoppy, and big.

Appearance: Crystal clear pale gold with a white, lingering head.

Taste: Sweet like sugared grapefruit that gives way to a brief, stronger bitterness. As it fades, it changes to lightly floral with lasting hops bitterness, while bringing out a pleasant sweetness on the sides and back.

Overall: I love this beer. Big and balanced.

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Photo of SuperNova777
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Pours a see-thru yellow with a fingers worth of fluffy white head that slowly resides leaving a nice lacing down the glass as I drink it down

S:A nice citrus and piney hop aroma coming to the nose along with some pale malts. Very inviting scent on this one

T:Just as nose detects a big hop flavor hitting the palate at first sip and then in the middle, then a nice layover of some pale malts on the end. Hops then linger on the palate begging for another sip

M:More of a solid mouth feel than eyes would lead you to believe, solid carbonation

D:Very refreshing and crisp pale ale, with the problem I've been having with most pales lately is that they're just not coming thru taste wise, not the issue with this one. Very drinkable, very flavorful, and all around crisp brew. Definitely coming thru on the hops and leaving me satisfied and wanting more. Good offering from Southern usually.

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Photo of davidaubrey
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer has great clarity and is a light orange/amber color; I can't believe how filtered & clear this beer is.

Smell - Smells hoppy and spicy;

Taste - The bitterness of perhaps either cascade or centennial hops is apparent immediately. The flavor is not very complex; perhaps a different, darker malt would help this beer.

Mouthfeel - This beer is has great clarity, but little substance to the mouthfeel. I would prefer a beer that is less filtered with a thicker body.

Drinkability - Excellent, however, when choosing pale ale next time, I'll probably go for a different one next time.

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Photo of JAramini
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new favorite. I picked up a single bottle from a build-your-own 6 recently, and have now purchased a full six pack because of my delight at the first one. I don't drink enough Pale Ales because I drink so many IPAs and DIPAs, but this is a delicious APA.

Appears a pale, clear, gold. Smell is super floral and a touch of citrus.

Taste is more floral and citrus. All I get is flowers and fruits in this one and I like it that way. Bitterness is fairly mild, as is the malt. The malt is there providing some support but is unremarkable.

Mouthfeel is pretty spot-on for the style. Not overly thick or thin. Dials in at smooth, semi-rich easily-drinkable level of thickness.

And yes, drinkability is quite high. I could polish off quite a few of these in a sitting. I've been searching for the best IPA available to me here in the Eastern half of the country, and it might just be this APA. The citrus and floral qualities of this beer completely make it for me. I prefer citrus and floral to pine, grass, marijuana, and bitterness.

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Photo of amanofbeer
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From a snifter (which I think I may regret), fair lacing, and nice larger bubbles in some spots. Pale gold.

It smells of intense piny-ness. I'm not partial to piney beers, but it smells nice.

I am a little underwhelmed by the flavor of this beer. It has huge hop flavors that linger awkwardly. It lacks depth and maltiness, especially for a pale ale. This really tastes more like an ipa, but the body is that of a pale ale. This is unbalanced to me.

As this beer has so much hop flavor already, the mouthfeel is mismatched. Back off on the hops and it would be good, but not with such a huge flavor.

It's hopped like a sipping beer, but the malts are not. The lingering is very intense. I will not buy this beer again.

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Photo of Tomdee74
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Okay this one is tough i want to review it as a regular pale ale and not a double. but if you've had southern tier 2xipa, this is very similar... good taste, great smell but ughhhh it does feel light and that's it's missing some kick...

A - This pours a real light yellow color.. not a big head or lacing... almost looks like a light beer like it's gonna be watery..

S - Okay this is the beers best trait i think... you do get a very nice hoppy smell.. you can smell the pine and i truly think this is the best trait of this beer.. makes you really want to drink this...

T - a little light here... it's refreshing and i think very easy for a BMC drinker.. i'd think they'd absolutely love this.. my palate might be a little advanced for this.. years ago i'm sure this would've been a favorite of mine.. but now it's lacking some kick... reminds me so much of their 2xipa that i thought was decent, but nothing to write home about.. it's super easy to drink but almost a bit too watery..

M - it is refreshing and i can see drinking these on a hot summer day.. i'd really like to give this to non craft beer drinker.. i think they would like this.. i hope my rating is more of a B or B-.. it's only a pale ale so i can't be too rough.. but this is not even close to an alpha king pale ale or anything.

D - I have to say good.. cuz low abv's and super easy to drink.. a decent brew.. i won't be seeking this out again but if you really want to tone it down this is good.... and it smells wonderful!! great for a beginner!!

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Photo of stewart124
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a straw yellow with a nice inch of white head. Visible carbonation.

Plenty of citrus, pine and bubble gum in the nose.

Great hop character and bitterness. Whoa this is tasty! Crisp! Refreshing!

Very tasty APA and one that I could drink and drink and drink. What more do I need to say?

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The body is very clean and bright in a yellow gold in color.With a medium head which doesn't last long but it has a very citrus bold aroma.

The beer has a nice bold hop flavor and a very crisp clean finish at the end of the sip. I must say I do like this Pale Ale. I only try a few so far but this has a good taste and aroma.

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

This pours a very clear yellow color with a solid white head that holds for a while but eventually almost disappears, with a thin foamy layer and some slight lacing along the glass. Carbonation is evident. It smells piney with a slight hint of grapefruit. It tastes excellent, with a nice bit from the hops but only slightly bitter, with little to no aftertaste. It's sweet and bitter and is very refreshing. Very drinkable. Just a well-rounded beer.

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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 jkrich
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. The label states this is brewed with two varities of hops and two types of malts. The ale pours a surprisingly clear, yellow-golden color much like a pilsner or helles lager. Well, they were right caling this a "Pale"

When I opened the bottle, the strong, unmistakable piney aroma assaulted my olfactory. Now this reminds me of an IPA. After pouring the ale into a glass, I could detect some fruity hop aroma.

The taste is very clean and refreshing with a very sharp, tangy tropical fruit flavor followed with a nice rounded malty taste. The hop bitterness is pleasant and thirst quenching.

This is a light bodied ale with a good fruity, cleansing mouthfeel.

This is the perfect ale for a hot and humid summer day. There is nothing hugely distinctive about it save the powerful, somewhat abrasive grapefruit flavor. It could use more balance, but it is well worth trying.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Im on the verge of writing an article on pales in america, focusing on the ubiquity of the american pale taste. But this pale is interesting enough due to the floral hop profile that this isnt the right beer to do so with. I could do the straight review, malt front backed by floral hop back. Thin mouth. Pretty good. Lace. Biscuit. Good pale. drink up

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale pours a light golden amber, almost yellow with a nice white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing as it falls.

Wow, the aroma is one of the strongest I've encountered in any APA or IPA. Strong bitter hops that shout GRAPEFRUIT waft from the glass.

The flavor profile has the candied grapefruit promised in the aroma but not as big, there is a pale lightly toasted biscuity malt background, lightly touched by caramel, on which the hops paint their picture and they are all about the citrus with a dollop of resin thrown in. Overall bitterness from the big hop flavors are tempered by the background sweetness of the malt. The finish is definitely bitter and lingers. This beer benefits hugely by letting it warm up a bit from refrigerator temperatures.

Mouthfeel is fairly light tending toaward medium with a fair amount of carbonation. Overall it is smooth with just a bit of harshness from the carbonation.

I'm having a hard time calling this a Pale Ale, India Pale Ale perhaps. These hops are more aggressive than many IPAs I drink. Not perhaps my favorite but a good beer nonetheless and hop heads will rejoice over it.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a golden yellow color. One and a half finger fluffy white head shows good retention. Sticky clumpy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Nice big citrus hops hit the nose first in the aroma. Caramel malt backbone shows itself middle of aroma quickly getting covered by a nice floral hopping in the backend.

T- Citrus hops in the front roll over anything else except for a hint of floral flavor. Sweet bready malts in the middle give way to a distinct bitterness in the back end. Some light alcohol shows up toward the end but blends well with the bitterness.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is very good for the style. Citrus hops left on the palate with a nice bitter hops with pine like quality in the aftertaste. Flavors blended well together but showed flavors as individuals as well. Lower alcohol drying on the palate with each sip.

D- Very refreshing pale ale. This was a very easy drinker on a warm summer day. Southern Tier seems to be bu,ping it up a notch with their everyday beers.

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