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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 MadCat
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tipperary Pub.

Appearance: Very yellow golden color, crystal clear, decent white head that left some lacing

Smell: Very hoppy, herbal, floral, and piney hops

Taste: Again, very hoppy, herbal, floral, earthy, piney hops. There is a noticeable malt backbone, but enough to keep things light and balanced. Not too much bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, good carbonation.

Overall: This is a pretty solid APA, hoppier than standard for the style, but whats not to like about hops? Would gladly get again.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Party Source Syracuse NY for $2.50 tax in

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, apricots, grapefruit/lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grapefruit/lemons, and hops. There is also some caramel and apricots and a bit of con syrup.

Overall - Just a touch of corn/adjunct flavour is what keeps this beer from being truly great. Still a very good beer that is well worth picking up.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a sam adams custom pint glass, color is copper, head is bright white, presenting at least 0.5 inch thick with fine bubbles and good lacing.

Smell is nice blend of pale malt, some light caramel and biscuit malts with solid hop freshness, noted scents include pine and citrus, mostly lemon.

Taste is also a nice blend of clean pale malt, lighter flavoring tastes like biscuit or toast, hops are citrus forward, lemon, light spice and some grassiness.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp for a pale ale from the stronger hop presence, but not a take away.

Overall, a great tasting pale ale with some nice flavor features.

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Photo of philbe311
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Just a tad more than two fingers worth of clean crisp airy audibly fizzy bone white colored froth comprised of huge chunky bubbles... Really good retention ultimately gives way to a full even veil of moderately thick lacing... The color is a pale medium gold... A moderate bit of moderate paced medium sized carbonation bubbles some of which cling to the sides of the glass... Some lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A real pleasant aroma... A grassy hop presence is at the forefront... There is also a subtle toasted malt presence... Simple straight-forward, but rather effective...

T - The earthy hop bite is again at the forefront... It never over powers, but it is constant throughout... A light metallic tinge lingers beneath the surface... This all sits a top of bready malts and toasted malts...

M - Medium bodied... Moderate carbonation... Clean and crisp... Just a touch of stickiness... The finish is ever so slightly dry... Spry and lively throughout...

D - A rather pedestrian American Pale Ale that has a tad more hop bite than most... Nothing remarkable nor nothing off putting... I absolutely love the label which is a collage of random used concert ticket stubs... A decent enough brew that I would gladly indulge again if provide the opportunity, but I'm not sure I would invest in a six-pack or case in the future...

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Photo of sjones5045
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%

Pours a nice yellow with minimal head and lacing. The smell is unremarkable with a light hop smell if u try and find it. The taste is plain and really nothing good or bad in either direction. Not all that impressed. A very plain APA that I really have no desire to have again.

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Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Disclosure - I am not typically a hop beer guy

Solid beer overall, very tasty. A decent gateway beer for those looking to introduce some more hops into their beer tasting without overwhelming themselves.

A: Golden colored, poured into a pint glass, mild lacing, foamy head about 1 cm fades quickly.

S: citrus-y hops, get a kick of something else in the background to offset the happiness - mild on the hops smell overall, but it's there

T/M: Very smooth, the hops lets you know it's there but doesn't take your palate hostage, for a non-hops guy, very good pick, has a smooth aftertaste with not too much dryness to obliterate your palate, the hops is delivered in such a way that you want more of it, very well done beer.

I would pick this up again, in comparison, not nearly as accomplished as Hop Devil that I've had recently but a very good find.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle, assuming from summer 2013
Glass: Tulip

Southern Tier's Live is a fairly solid pale ale, with robust bitterness and some intriguing grapefruit, pine, and herbal characters. That being said, I thought there was very little malt presence in the beer, which makes this an extremely hop-forward pale ale, and the hops just aren't that interesting to carry the beer alone. Additionally, the carbonation was far too high, reducing the overall enjoyability of this beer. Good, and I might pick it up again, but Two Brothers' Bitter End pale ale would probably be my local go-to for the style.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of white foam that is made up of small-sized bubbles, yielding a fairly frothy appearance. Retention is about average, slightly higher than one minute, descending to a thin ring around the glass and a large island of residual lace resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is excellent, with thick sheets of interesting patterns clinging to all sides of the glass. Body is a fairly dirty, dark orange or very bright brown color, with light bringing out dirty, but brighter, orange-yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the hazy body (80-90% opaque), numerous and quite active.

Aroma of strong grapefruit, tangerine, light pine, and a bit of aged herbal+grapefruit character as from English or German hops, all with a bit of yeast and pale malt sweetness in the background.

Front of palate finds bright tangerine, grapefruit, and light pine, with some light pale and toasted malt sweetness, hints of spicy and floral hops present themselves in the background. Mid-palate of moderate grapefruit and pine resin, slighty spicy and herbal+old grapefruit character from English or German-style hops, medium to medium-high hop bitterness. Back of palate encounters much stronger herbal+old grapefruit character, with still continued "pure" grapefruit and pine resin in the background, slight fruity esters, and medium to medium-high hop bitterness. Aftertaste of lingering hop bitterness, grapefruit, old dried herbs, and a very faint breadiness.

Beer is medium-light to medium in body, with carbonation of medium to medium-high intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is at first fizzy, gradually tapering to a foamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is a bit too high for the beer, and the fizziness is not entirely pleasurable.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a yellow amber. Very clear, no haze whatsoever. Small 1/2" head formed, which dissipated, but left a small white layer on top. Very small amount of lacing left on the glass.

S - A good amount of hops up front. A lot of grapefruit noticed, so I'm assuming ST uses a lot of Cascade in this brew. Toasty malts and small amounts of breadiness, and even a hint of citrus is noticeable. Citrus is a general lemon-lime scent. Very light, but the way it melded with the other aromas made it pretty solid.

T - A fair amount of hoppy bitterness and mild malts up front. The malts tasted toasty, and I didn't notice any of the bready taste. Hops had an earthy bitterness, with a very slight touch of grapefruit. The taste itself was good, but was on the weak side. Kind of watery. Almost tasted like this could have been a very good Pale Ale, then they added some water. Taste itself is good, but the "oomph" isn't there.

F - Good carbonation tingle, but a bit on the dry side for a pale ale. Not in a bad way. Easy on the throat and stomach.

O - Not a bad tasting Pale Ale. A solid taste is brought down by a lack of "oomph", and a slightly watered down taste. Still a very drinkable beer. Won't buy this again, but I would certainly drink it if it were offered.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Near great but ultimately just a really good beer. A near miss. Appearance is lovely. Light and cloudy. Smell is a vague citrus character. What puzzles me is the mouth feel, which is a bit over-carbonated and light for a pale ale. Yet the taste is the kind of light citrusy quality that might seduce you on a hot summer day. It's a really good beer but a seasaonal one.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

DOB 09/24/13

A: Pours a golden color with a little over a fingers worth of head that fades down to a cap that leaves some decent lacing

S: Starts off with a good mix of malts and hops. Malts are on the bready and caramel side while the hops are grassy, floral, and lightly fruity. Some yeastiness in there as well

T: Opens the same as the nose, with a good mix of bready, caramel, and lightly spicy malts combined with some grassy and floral hops. The grassy notes continue on with some earthiness into the finish. Very lightly bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice, easy-drinking APA with a good malt/hop balance. Nothing too special, but it is solid

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Photo of garymuchow
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is probably pushing it's best by time with a 5/30/13 bottling date.
Kinda' fizzy loud, white and brief head. Some drippy lacing. Kinda' cloudy and more yellow than amber.
Still a nice hop aroma that isn't that intense and a solid pale malt background.
This is definitely an APA. Well balanced hop and malt flavors with a firm bitterness on the finish. Even with a relatively full gut I still get a shot of warmth. A slight tart character. Minimal sweetness.
Moderate feel and ample carbonation.
Solid. Nothing special, but solid.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan to orange, pretty clear, pretty good head and lacing.

Aroma and taste are crisp, clean, and hoppy. I got a lot of floral and grassy notes from the hops, with perhaps a touch of citrus on the finish. There's an ample malt base to provide for a pretty balanced beer, slightly leaning towards the hoppy side.

Body is smooth and easy to drink, carbonation is medium.

Overall it's another darn tasty one from Southern Tier. Definitely worth a try for pale ale lovers.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

And now, Live from Chez Woody, my 2,400th review on this site!

From the bottle: "Bottle Conditioned Pale Ale"; "Contains yeast - we recommend decanting into a glass"; "Brewed with 4 Varieties of Hops and 4 Types of Malts".

My oh-so-gentle pour so as not to disturb the lees produced only a skim of wispy, tawny head. Color was a deep golden-yellow (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity and I was uninterested in playing referee to Midas, Croesus and Mammon, all who wanted some. Nose was predominantly grapefruit, but I felt like I smelled pineapple in there also. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste, while citrusy, was not as pronounced as it would be in an AIPA. I really felt like I was tasting pineapple on the finish, but I may have convinced myself of that on the nose. I will not feel slighted if you disagree with me on that. This was a very mellow beer, especially at the end of the day when I am contemplating an early rack time. My last trick was to swirl the remaining beer in the bottle and pour the lees. Waste not, want not, I always say. Now, I swear that I tasted pineapple! Could the yeast be imparting that flavor? Good stuff.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into DFH signature glass; light orange, translucent, with a fizzy moderate white head with large bubbles that fades relatively quickly into a topping of scattered foam.
Smell is enticing; clear malt, and a good dash of floral, grassy and citrusey hops.
Taste is relatively simple; clean, crackery malt with a dash of crisp, grassy hops with slight notes of citrus. The bottle conditioning lends a yeasty smoothness to the beer. Bitterness comes in at the end from the hops and tails onto the yeast leaving a nice crisp finish and a slight bitter, crisp aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and medium-thin.
Overall, a solid pale. Refreshing, tasty, crisp, and simply delicious.

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Photo of themind
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Four hops and four malts makes this easy to drink session beer worth while. The beer pours a nice small head with a light golden color. The aroma is grassy citrus that is appealing. The taste is an interesting mix of hops that proves unique with a slight floral/grassy after taste. All in all the beer is enjoyable and is a nice option for any party attended by rookie craft beer aficionado's.

Bottom Line: Good effort by the ST boyz.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, golden-straw coloring with a thin, filmy, clingy, bright white head. Lots of carbonation throughout the body. Aromas of resin and grassy hops, with lemon and grapefruit tart and sweet highlights. Some floral highlights on the nose as well. Flavors of tart citrus sharply hit the forward tongue, with a blast of resin and bitter on the midtongue. The palate is a bit out of balance. Light, effervesced body that comes off sharp in places. The aftertaste is very tart and slightly bitter, again out of balance. Also some earthy and barnyard notes into the aftertaste. Tangy sweetness lingers into the finish, which is light, very crisp, and clean.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a big bubbly and foamy head that retains long after the pour, leaving a bit of lace behind

S- Big grapefruit notes from the beginning with aromas of fresh squeezed juice, also some sweet floral notes with some candy-like sweetness, this beer just reeks of summer

T- grapefruit flavors follow the aromas up front, but not overbearing at all. Some grassy notes mid-palate with some floral and fruity esters, light earthy musk flavor from the yeast leads to more citrus hop and finishes with a toasted malt finish to balance it out

M- medium bodied with medium carbonation leads to a big and foamy mouthfeel that feels the mouth, the yeast definitely added some extra bubbles to the mouthfeel. The finish is crisp and refreshing

O- a well balanced APA with plenty of flavor, but very easy to drink. Great session beer and one that I would gladly try again

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Photo of ScottR
4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving type: 12-oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy gold, one-finger head that doesn't last long, nice lacing. A slightly more aggressive pour will get you a two-finger head (that still doesn't last long), but overdo it and you'll have a glass of froth.

S: Not strong (though a bit stronger with a more aggressive pour). Maybe some citrus and pine.

T: Clear and crisp, very light and refreshing. Hops not too forward but definitely there; citrus and pine, as in the nose, plus some resin and maybe a little grapefruit rind.

M: Light and well-carbonated.

O: A fine example of an American pale ale, one I think I like even better than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. A very refreshing cool drink on a hot summer day, the overall experience being somewhat like drinking a carbonated juice -- pear, perhaps, even though it doesn't *taste* at all like pear. It says something about this beer that not only I but both my parents like it; we have very disparate tastes in beer.

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Photo of Moultron
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is not much I can say other than this was a phenomenal beverage. Went great with the homemade smoked ribs and beans/w pulled pork. Great smell. The aroma took off as soon as the contents were poured into a pint glass. The full body finish made my brain think I was drinking something slightly hit with vanilla. I truly enjoyed this beer. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Live has a very thick, frothy, white head and a hazy, golden appearance, with lots of powdery sediment suspended throughout, lots of bubble streams, and heavy lacing stuck to the glass. Aroma is of citrus, which reminds me of pineapple juice, and one mainly gets that in the taste, with some underlying sweetness and white bread. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Southern Tier Live Pale Ale finishes semi-dry, sweet, refreshing, and easy drinking. Overall, this is a most excellent beer, and I highly recommend it, for a pleasant drinking experience.


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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Pours out a hazy apricot color with about a finger of off-white foam. Rather poor retention for a bottle-conditioned ale. The nose sports a nice grassy hop character with notes of lemon and grapefruit.

The beer has a light-medium body. Faint caramel-like malt notes up front are immediately overtaken by the taste of American hops. Lemon notes predominate and carry to a mild, dry finish. No diacetyl. Not much lingering flavor, but refreshing.

Overall, a nice refreshing pale ale, but not very memorable. I realize it's not an IPA, but a bit more depth and complexity would be nice. I feel it definitely needs a bit more malt presence.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at Santora's Pizza in Amherst.

Pours a pale gold, with a foamy, dense white head that is just beautiful. Awesome retention with a thick film of lacing left behind. Pay attention: this is how a pale ale should look.

Tangy fruit on the nose, big citrus characters with passionfruit tang. Somewhat Southern hemisphere notes come through, pine and lychee with some spicy pine needle. Very enticing indeed.

Taste is a little subdued. Plenty of hop with lychee, pineapple and passion flavours. Lime and candied orange as well. Overall though a little lacking in malt. Nice hop notes but there just isn't all that much there.

Foamy feel, almost sudsy. Bit of fizz. OK for style.

Very nice pale, just wanting a little more oomph on the palate.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-cloudy gold with a thin white head

S-hoppy corn with a decent scent of grass. Good strength

T-comes in with a pretty bitter flavor of corny grains and citrus. Very crisp and light. Good matching after-taste.

M-crisp medium carbonation with good creamy finish. Perfect feel.

O-an extremely easy drinking pale ale. Definitely one that I recommend to others. I could get a case of this as long as it's fresh.

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Photo of Mojo
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> Dogfish Head Glass

A - very hazy medium gold, small one finger head, good retention, and decent lacing.

S - citrus, orange peel, pine, bread, grass

T - brings the grapefruit up front, with a semi dry bitter finish.

M - very pleasing with decent thickness and good carbonation.

O - not quite as good as SNPA, but darn good. I wouldn't turn this one down if it comes my way again.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 ounce growler from Blacklick Wine and Spirits. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear dark gold color with about an inch frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells mostly like citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit) and pine hops, and some bready/wheat malt. It tastes like citrusy (grapefruit, citrus rind, mango) hops, pine hops, and bready malt. Taste doesn't seem to have as much kick as compared to the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and coating, and has good carbonation. It's easy enough to drink! Really wouldn't have had a problem getting a regular size growler of this. It's a good pale ale, I liked it.

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