Live | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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88
very good
1,522 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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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): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rab53 on 10-30-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,522
Reviews:
250
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.46%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
364
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bang on APA. Recent bottle from Premiere. Citrus hop flavour is smooth and subdued. Gigantic head and good lacing with light orange body. Mild orange citrus aroma. Good hop taste without being an IPA. Excellent drinkability, and excellent subdued carbonation appreciated.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of spycow
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and onion and garlic hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus and herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that tastes better than it smells in my opinion.

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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

aside from the fact that the bartender cant put a head on this beer to save her life, i really like this one. its golden and a little hazy, but still light enough looking in the glass. what makes it special is its hop profile. definitely new zealand varietals in here, high alpha and high oil, fruity and tropical and almost smells like a lotion some young hottie should wear, its that intense aromatically. the flavor shows the hops just like the nose, less perfume and more grassy summery feel to it, which is welcomed. the malt bill appears to contain some wheat, and has that sort of texture, which helps the hops last just a little longer. its only a little bitter too, more tangerine than anything else in the finish, which lasts awhile. overall a really really good pale ale, maybe a touch more body than it needs, but i like it this time of year, where the feel suits the season but the flavor teases summer, hard to do that well. this is top notch flavor-wise.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured out as a hazy orange color with thin white head on top. The retention settles into some clumps of bubbles on top. The lacing is minimal. The smell of the beer is malty there is a subtle hop aroma coming off of this one but not much at all. The aroma reminded me of a pilsner at first, slightly grassy and earthy. The taste of the beer has a grainy earthy malt, very typical of a Pale Ale. The bitterness is low. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good carbonation to it. The mouthfeel is creamy then it dries out quickly. Overall it's a decent brew, not my favorite from Southern Tier but it was nice to try.

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Photo of nmann08
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is quite hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with some notes of pine resin hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of fresh citrusy and pine resin hops along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the aroma and flavors of the hops in this beer—they were both strong like an IPA but the beer was very easy to drink and didn't have too much in the way of bitterness.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light bodied, crisp and clean- this Pale Ale doesn't back down from anyone. It's full of bright zesty hops; backed with dry, cracker-like malts; and is ultimately thirst quenching- Live is build for summer!

The beer pours bright with light gold character, shining with the slightest of haze. The ale quickly sheds its carbonation to provide a fluffy and air-filled head that creates a sense of lightness. Firm retention and a full smattering of lace sing the praises of a well made beer!

zesty aromas celebrate hops in all its citrusy glory- the essence of grapefruit, fresh zested oranges, and a tinge of lemons all decorate the nose, just as the slightest sweet scent of thin caramel aid in support.

At the same time, its the taste of dry malt that creates the slimmest of candied sweetness, just before the wave of hops arrive and begin to command the beer's taste- grapefruit, orange peels, and a hint of lemon, pineapple, and fresh cut grass all rise in the middle palate for a light and citrus reward. The beer concludes with a simple dry maltiness and clean citrus zest bitterness that refreshes the mouth with ease.

Medium light in body, the beer prefers a zesty and sprite character over any would-be creaminess. The beer seemingly bounces off the tongue with zeal and zest and springs forward to dry citrus acidity and slight warming alcohol. Its late malt dryness and refreshing bitterness celebrates the beer's drinkability very, very well.

Live continues the theme that I'm seeing in a recent trend- big hop aromatics and taste upon a thin shell of malt. Generally low in alcohol but big on flavor- I like where this trend is going!

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Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/7/2013. Pours hazy and cloudy pale golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge grapefruit, orange zest, orange pith, lemon zest, pineapple, tangerine, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, and floral earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus notes with big strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, lemon zest, tangerine, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, and floral earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, light honey, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus hop flavors; with a solid malt backbone and zero cloying flavors present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent pale ale. Great balance and complexity of citrus hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of nickfl
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves excellent lace.

S - Light, bready malt with a bit of grapefruit and pine.

T - Sweet malt and pine up front with some fruity hop notes. More of the same in the middle with a finish of sugary grain, mild bitterness and a lingering, spicy hop character.

M - Mediuum thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - oddly sugary for the style but it has a nice hop character and remains relatively drinkable despite the sweetness.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic a clear lighter dull golden with a fluffy,sticky one finger white crown atop,the bottle says to decant into a glass,I saw no need.Aromas of grassy/herbal hops over top of nutty malt,not real big but pleasant nose wise.Herbal notes along with a tinge of red onion on the palate,a little tea and mint is noticable,a firm lightly sweet nutty biscuit base holds up to the hops.This a nice APA not gigantic hops but a minty herbal approach that makes it really drinkable,the maltiness is big enough for non hopheads to like this beer as well.Nice job here.

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised there's only a few reviews on this. Also, hope it's not too sweet as many of the Southern Tier beers can be, except 2xIPA was great I remember.

A loud ppppsssttt and quick rush of beer up the neck reminds me that it's definitely a "live" beer. it pours a huge head thanks to that, a fluffy airy white head that sticks around for a while as it's reinforced by quite a few tiny bubbles streaming up from the etch at the bottom of the SA PP glass. It leaves some sticky soapy lacing on the sides, with a mostly clear slight chill hazed golden honey colored beer, it really looks like honey with the hint of haze.

Nose is quite effervescent, nice hops out front, grassy floral and a little noble variety like, with a hint of citrus and a bit of lemony orange peel bite to it. Light malts under that, a little grassy hay like malt almost wheat but not quite, and hint of a grainy malt. Yeast seems to bring a hint of a floral aroma that is almost like a spice but it's not, hard to really label.

Taste is a bit lighter than I expected, but nice overall. Bright hops seem to come out front but on the lighter side, grassy floral hops mainly, again a bit like noble but this time a bit more of an earthy spicy flavor comes from them like American Cs style hops. It also brings light citrus, a hint of clementine, and just a touch of pine. Malts are present in the background mostly, light grainy malt base, with more light grassy hay like almost wheat but not quite kinda flavor. Again the yeast brings a light spice like flavor, almost earthy farmhouse but not quite there either, but interesting nonetheless. Finish is drier, with a lighter but decent bitterness, bit more citrus and grassy hops, light of that earthy almost farmhouse yeast additions as well.

Mouth is med to a little lighter bodied, effervescent carbonation.

Overall an interesting beer for sure. Nice hops that could come out a bit more, interesting malts that take a background flavor and leave the beer overall light and drinkable, but also could be a bit more maybe. And a unique yeast character that brings the beer to life alright, effervescent, nice carbonation, and a light almost earthy farmhouse flavor that's not quite there. A nice beer.

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