Live | 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): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Suds
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a golden, lightly cloudy beer with a thin white head. The aroma is spicy, with a pungent and citrus (grapefruit for sure) hop nose. The taste is balanced, if not just a little dry. Grain is notable in the taste, with just a little malt, but hop flavor is dominant. Fairly full in body. Nice, but not exceptional.

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Photo of frykid
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: orange, golden color. somewhat cloudy with carbonation
S: nice citrus aromas
T: orange and grapefruit flavors. the tastes lingered in the aftertaste for a little while
F: just right level of carbonations. medium body

overall: very good and enjoyable. will definitely have another

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Photo of q33jeff
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

This is my 3rd live over the last 2 week’s or so, but have not sat and rated until now. Aroma Is hops, pine, oak, floral notes. Look is medium yellow, medium white head, lacing lasting well into drinking. Taste is vegetable, hops, slightly salty aftertaste. Feel is lively and crisp. Not bad.

I feel this is better than the Southern tier Gemini. Though Gemini seems to get more praise.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An orange gold color with "live" bits and bubbles swirling around. A tight, rather dense white foam crown dissipates very slow. Lace all day.
Sweet tropical fruits pop out with big whaffs from the Citra hops. Citra has been a favorite hop for a few years now. Sour yeast and light honey malt round out the aroma.
The feel very light, jazzy and crispy, juicy finish.
The flavor is amazingly clean and crisp with a wonderful hop bite. Spicy, tropical fruit and crisp earthy tones round out the flavor spectrum. The yeast provides a very LIVE flavor and feel, crisp wheat, crisp malt and the Citra goes from all fruity in the nose to earthy and spicy on the tongue.
A deep but refreshing effect, very potent depth but amazinly easy to steady quoff.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; less than a 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: tropical fruit - mostly pineapple grapefruit;

T: pineapple and grapefruit from start to finish; restrained at first, then comes on stronger and fades quickly on the finish; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: enjoyable; refreshing;

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Photo of NeckBeijing
4.64/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely drinkable, yet remains extremely flavorful and hoppy. This beer is light and drinkable and great for the summertime. I have noticed this beer becoming less available in the local area near the brewery, hope they don't phase this out and continue to push the lesser beer of Tangier. Regardless, this a major go-to for me and always a solid choice.

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Photo of mjurney
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark gold color, hazy. Lots of bubbles streaming. Thick rocky head.

Tons of citrus hops, orange, pineapple, sweet malts, very crisp.

Hop forward, citrus, bitter orange, pineapple, a little resiny. Sweet malt background. Finish is very crisp and tangy. Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, slight oily, dry, highly drinkable.

It's very good American Pale Ale.

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Photo of drpimento
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad APA, but nothing really distinctive. Bittersweet, hoppy, soft palate. pleasant. But as I said, not a standout. I'd have it again if it was the best choice.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Verona Inn. Pours a straw-colored, slightly hazy amber yellow hue. Minimal head. Pleasant nuances of pine and citrus predominate. Mouthfeel slick. Strong citrus flavor with moderate hops present. A solid, sessionable brew.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sessionable, but not thin with an excellent soft head. Somewhere between copper and gold, smells lightly of citra hops. Tastes clean and balanced. Slightly of citrus though a bit plain, the taste is good but light.

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Photo of Squire123
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light hazy yellow, bountiful white cap, decent lacing.

Aroma: Earthy, spicy hops first, some citrus, little malt.

Taste: A little fuller than I expected, at 5.5% perhaps the word Session is just a descriptor. Hops forward, mouth puckeringly astringent hops. Not in a negative way because the taste is pleasant, but definitely hoppy. I searched for the four varieties of malt used but they kept running away and hiding behind the hops.

Texture: Fairly full and the overall profile being better for it.

Overall: The brewer says this is a Citrusy Session Pale Ale. I say good game but I don't think they'll take the Conference Title.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. It pours a cloudy, honey color with a one-finger, egg white head and lacing. It smells of malt, floral hops, and pineapple. The taste starts with a malty, bready backbone, with pineapple up front, followed by dry, bitter hops and pine. Considering it's an ABA, it is medium-bodied and nicely carbonated. The moderate ABV of 5.5% makes for very easy drinking. Overall, it is light, dry, hoppy, and very drinkable - a great combination!

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Slightly hazy gold with a white head
S- Citrus, hint of floral hops, pineapple
T- More citrus, hoppy but not overpowering in the least, grain
M- light and crisp
O- Tasty and flavorful light pale ale. Worthy contender for great session ale.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

from a bottle to a beer tulip
look; pale yellow,. 1/8' head. good retention and lacing. visible mild/moderate carbonation
smell; peaches, citrus hops, nice and big
taste; some hop bitterness, a tiny bit of peach, citrus, sweetbread, more bitter than smell
feel; light/medium body, moderate carbonation
overall; very easy drinking and it has a nice little sharpness to it, i like it as a session beer

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Photo of fx20736
2.54/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From Southern Tier's 'Pack O Pales mixed 12 pack. Poured into a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

Look: Hazy peach. Thin white head.

Smell: light eucalyptus/ cat pee

Taste: onion

Feel: a little flat

Overall: the sum is not good but it's not as bad as I describe

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Photo of Antg8989
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Liked it more than I thought I would. Citrusy hops, bready malts. A great APA to start with. Closely resembles an IPA without too much bite. Very drinkable. Will be searching for this one in the coming months.

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Photo of billybob
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy pale gold half inch head and a light spotty lace. mild smell bready fruit citrus taste. mouthfeel is light with no lingering after taste. it is or could be as the label says a session pale ale.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/24....pours yellowish bronze, ring of white foam. Lemon rind, grassy meadow nose. Soft lemons, citrus malt flavor. Tight hop. Real tight. Peppery (black pepper). Very fresh, lots of rind in there.

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Photo of Kinger22
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good citrusy smell with a balanced piney/citrus taste. The color is a light gold toward the bottom, leading to a darker gold and a small head. Good, but not overpowering, carbonation. Perfect on a warm day.

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Photo of sanha926
3.19/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. I found this quite underwhelming. I can see how it could be refreshing on a warm summer's day, but it doesn't compare to some of the other session IPAs (Founders, Green Flash). It is citrusy, but in some respects tastes more like a lemonade radler than a citra-hopped session IPA.

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Photo of viking77
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer! It is moderately bitter, with terrific piney and citrusy tastes. I believe its taste is strongly influenced by Mosaic hops, which is a favorite of mine.

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Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours near clear lighter amber, moderate lite khaki head, leaving a nice looking fine film and some ringed sheeting.

Nose of piney hops

Easy drinking and quite enjoyable, moderate and smooth hop presence. Breads malt providing the balance and drink ability .

Worth a try

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this. A bit cocerned about freshness as it's DOB was early September and I'm drinking New Years Eve, but that's not the brewers fault. Lots of citrus and pleasant to taste.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I thought this Live was a nice little beer! It poured a clear golden with white head that did not lace. The scent was a gorgeous mix of pine and citrus. The taste was a nicely balanced brew that leaned bitter with pine and citrus base. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was quite nice!

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Photo of dacrza1
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

DATE TASTED: December 3, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: prepping for a good Friday a bit early on Thursday... APPEARANCE: hazy, busy, lively body that offers a mountain of cloud--puffy, white, with crags and nooks like a rock face...its resilience is noticeable...excellent half-finger head laces admirably into camo-like patterns....AROMA: bright punch of citrus--grapefruit and orange peel; the breadiness--as promised by the label--is appreciable... PALATE: a rather rounded, easy-drinking pale ale, with a smooth, undistinguished finish; a bit dry for a pale...light to medium-bodied... TASTE: a strange, lemony flavor pervades the citrus profile, with the malts wrestling for control over the experience... enough dough to mistake the drink for a something more British...worth noting the orange one more time... OVERALL: tough to say for a Southern Tier, but not an improvement over their original pale... applaud them for trying something new or different, but the hops are blanketed by malts and the hops are one-dimensional and soft.... not really what was hoped for...

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