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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 JG-90
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a large slightly off white head. Head has good retention and leaves moderate/low lacing. Beer is an extremely hazy golden peach color. Smells of yeast, floral hops, orange rind, lemon, and bready malt.

Most noticable taste is floral hops. Also, orange and lemon rind and just a bit of piney hops. Also tastes of light bread and yeast. Has a light mouthfeel with heavy and slightly biting carbonation. Great taste with this APA, I also am fond of the bottle conditioning and haze. the heavy carbonation is very refreshing and compliments the beer well.

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

Definitely unfiltered, there's a cloudy thickness to this golden-yellow brew. A fluffy head nearly white in color reaches one finger and is retained well. It leaves nice lacing particularly in a heavy, leggy ring at the top of the glass and summarily by a consistent mixture of patching and spotting.
Grapefruit pops in the aroma with a nice citrus rind element along with a floral element and a soft but zesty lemon note balanced by just a little biscuity malt and maybe a hint of caramel. The citrus hops really shine, though.
A touch of yeast is on the tongue but the focus again is grapefruit and zesty citrus bitterness, with just enough malts to add a good balance with a touch of both sweetness and dryness. A clean sort of grassiness comes in and, even as a hint of mintiness pulls into the finish, adds a nice depth.
It's crisp in a medium body with an unexpected sort of smoothness off an even carbonation.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a two finger foamy white head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is grapefruit, orange peel and floral hops.

T - The taste is peach, grapefruit, tangerine, sweet malts and earthy hops. The finish has a light grapefruit rind bitterness.

M - Light body with medium carbonation. Smooth crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - Very nice sessionable Pale Ale.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright and unfiltered, this orange colored Pale Ale radiates in the light. I absolutely love the coloring but the head was fleeting in a torrent of effervescent bubbling.

The scent is equally brilliant with luscious fruitiness. Huge orange, tangerines, grapefruit, and even lemon sit against a backdrop of light malt and pine.

Where did all the fruit go? I get onions, piney hops and some floral underpinnings but lost all the fruitiness from the scent. Small bit of tangerines at the finish but it does not redeem this for me.

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Photo of Gmann
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a small dense white head that settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is of a musty floral hop, a bit juicy, with a hint of grapefruit rind. The malt is neutral. Nice bright APA aroma.

The flavor is of a juicy floral hop, light like and grass, with some notes of grapefruit. It's a pleasant hop flavor for a pale ale. Not very aggressive just flavorful. The malt is slightly bready.

Moderate feel with prickly carbonation. Well balanced, bright on the palate. Slightly bitter in the finish.

A very good APA. Well balanced with good hop flavor.

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Photo of Ri0
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - A very light foggy golden body with a quick rising white 2 finger head. I forgot to note if there was lacing as I drank this in 2 minutes.

S - Nice hop aroma with some citrus, tropical fruit and a slight hint of pine. Minimal malt is detected.

T - Not as balanced as I like APAs. More dominant on the hops, citrus, tropical and pine flavors with not much in the way of malt. I would prefer there be a better malt backbone in an APA.

M - Light bodied, crisp, and wet. I found this to be too carbonated when it was in my mouth. Just seemed to be too much.

O - Easy drinking and refreshing with good flavor. There are better examples of APAs for the same price point that I prefer.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich gold with an orange hue and slight haze. Frothy eggshell white head that fell off rocky to a cap and collar and left lace all over the glass. Nose is fantastic and tropical. Sweet like candy with light tangerine, orange, grassy, floral and perfumey hops. Malt is sugary sweet, deep with bread and honey. A little yeast on the nose to delight you further. Drinks so well. Smooth, light, sweet pine and orange. Earthy and dry. Plenty of malt depth it has a pilsner like grain that lets you know this is beer not candy. Very easy with a touch of oily bitter on the back palate. This is a full and indulgent ale from Southern Tier.

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Photo of obrike
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A buddy brought me a single. Good guy he is.

Light amber pour, a bit cloudy with a soft white head...lovely lacing on this one...actually looks a bit like a hefe.

Digging the scent...Lots of citrus and tropical hops. Malt on the backend.

Taste follows, but feels a bit on the lighter side. Certainly an easy drinker for hot summer months.

A nice pale ale from a very good brewery.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Dated 2.27.2013

Appearance - cloudy golden color with white head

Smell - pine, grapefruit

Taste - pine, grapefruit, orange, mango

Mouthfeel - heavy carbonation from the bottle conditioning, medium bodied, slightly sweet, slightest of bitterness at the back, hoppy finish, crisp

Overall -I like this one from Southern Tier, good, refreshing Pale Ale

Price Point - $1.79/12 oz single

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

A- Golden body with a slight haze due to the yeast. Big, fluffy white head that fizzes as it settles.

S- Nice hop aroma with some citrus, tropical fruit and a slight hint of pine. A toasted malt aroma is present as well.

T- More balanced than the aroma would indicate. Some of the tropical and pine flavors sneak through the malt backbone.

M- Medium bodied with the yeast providing a good presence. Very good carbonation.

O- This is a good pale ale, I could put back a few of these with no complaints.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught into shaker pint.

Two finger head, after agitation capable of four finger head. Head disappeared after two minutes.

Smells: Pine and resin

Taste: Pine and citrus, with a slight hint of herb at the end.

Mouthfeel: Balanced

Overall, this beer has whetted my appetite for Southern Tier, I shall explore them more.

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Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed honey color with a finger of pearl colored head. Never completely drops bright okay lacing & head retention

S: Lemons, grassyness & pineapple, all fade a bit as this warms

T: Pineapple, a kiss of pineyness, & light biscuitty malt up front. More pineapple, a touch of pear & dryness as this warms. Finishes dry with pineapple, grassyness & touch of pear

MF: Medium bodied, crisp, great balance

Super drinkability, not great on the verge of greatness

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Photo of jhartley
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. Bottled on 10/26/2012, a little older than I would like, but took a chance on it; $4.50 wasn't that much to be out if it was a drain pour.
A golden tangerine orange body with a frothy 1 finger sea foam looking head. Bottle conditioning leaves a nice murky look to the body.
Smell is outrageous even at 7+months! Citrus: Oranges, tangerines, some grapefruit. Peaches and some dank herbal aromas at the end.
Taste is more of the same, citrus and dankness, especially at the end of the pour with the extra yeast, my favorite! A nice malt balance, not that the hops are overly bitter, but a nice balance to be sure.
Nice and smooth, very easy drinking pale ale with a nice low abv. Could knock back a ton of this in the summer time! Really want to find some fresher than this to really see how the 4 hops and 4 malts interact. Definitely impressed with this, will be a go-to when I can't find anything else.

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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 Slackerville
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of Southern Tier's newer offerings, this continues their tradition of quality balanced, flavorful ales. The American pale ale designation is accurate, not overpoweringly hoppy with a solid pale malt base. Fruity and floral notes dominate throughout as opposed to the piney flavors of west coast hoppy ales. The live terminology refers to the active yeast in this unfiltered beer which give the beer a tart but not sour quality similar to belgian pale ales though it does not taste like a belgian yeast is used. Finishes clean and dry leaving the pallet wanting more, this is a beer that you could drink several pints of.

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Photo of jkrich
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle: hazy, golden-yellow with a sustained, creamy white-head. There are sediment particles floating at the bottom of the glass.
Very strong aromatics; sharp citrusy and piney notes explode from the bottle. These aromas are sustained after pouring the ale into a pint glass.
While the hops dominate the hop profile, this ale is surprisingly balanced with robust, bittersweet tropical fruit and piney hints followed by a very nice malt sweetness. The refreshing lemony flavor beckons one to keep sipping.
The body is light to medium with a soft, creamy and clean mouth feel. Just the right amount of carbonation keeps this one zesty.
Of the several ales I have tried from Southern Tier, this is possibly the best. They have brought all the elements together to make a very refreshing and quaffable ale, while maintaining flavor and a little complexity.

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Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of hops. Nothing mild about the taste. Hops, citrus, slightly dry, a touch of malts, lots of flavor here. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

AP: 1" fluffy foamy white head made up of rather large bubbles from viewing the side of the glass. Larger than I've seen on other beers anyway. Rich golden colour with some orange hues. Very little lacing when the glass is tilted as the head seems to retain itself well and is now down to 1/4".
AR: Lemon, orange, yeast, grass, straw/hay, cereal grains with some pineapple trying to hide from you. Possibly some mango as well. Interesting.
T: More like a biscuit malt taste with some bready notes than what's in the nose. The lemon and orange are still there, but in a softer more mellow way. Hops on the end are floral and herbal. The soft bitterness of the hops lingers on the palate.
M: Despite the large bubbles in the head, it wasn't too carbonated, just about right. The finish is moist not drying. Not creamy, but not too light in body either.
OV: A rather refreshing Pale Ale for those who enjoy a little hop bite. Some nice flavours, but nothing extraordinary. A pretty solid brew that is sessionable and can be paired with moderate to lighter fare.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazed copper hue with a light beige off white head looking great in my chalice, I love Southern Tier I always have it's nice to see them attacking a bottle conditioned pale ale they have been missing one for a long time. Aroma is citrus and mild pine all day with a bread biscuit malt character super fresh bottle it's almost like a Sierra Nevada clone with a bit more hop action. Flavors bitter waves of rolling hops intermingled with biscuit caramel malts a very clean malt profile no residual sugars left behind just super tasty stuff. The live concert theme goes very well with the overall presence that the beer offers due to the pure drinkability, it's the type of beer one could get away tailgating with only 5.5% abv great stuff. Hops are great enough bitterness to keep any hophead interested with enough balance to keep a newbie on board and not running away in fear. Mouthfeel is light to medium even carbonation flow very natural feel on the palate I'm a big fan of Southern Tier from the early days of great core session ales into their extreme path of bombers that have been hit or miss for some beergeeks.

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Photo of teromous
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy very light golden body with a very robust white head. It has a ton of active carbonation. The color is really light, and is just darker than a pils. Some mild lacing on the glass.

S: The scent fills the room as soon as the beer is poured. Lots of hop aroma, pine-like and a bit of a catty background...but not too pungent.

T: There's a nice crisp bite from the hops that fades rather quickly. It's sort of like squirting a lemon into the mouth really quick. After that there's a rustic bread flavor that is very light.

M: The beer is very light with just the right bitterness and carbonation. It is extremely drinkable. There is some harshness to it, which seems to be a bit more than a usual APA. The body is very light.

O: This beer feels like it has a lot more back-bitterness than many other APA's, and a little less upfront. It is pleasant to drink and I would say that it is above average. The APA range of beers runs the gambit of lighter to heavier hop bitterness. I think this one has a harshness that would be more accepted by IPA drinkers. I do recommend it.

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Photo of Kendo
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is slightly hazy light-golden that appears more yellow or straw-colored when backlit. Small whitish head on top settles fast. Some lace.

S: Nice hoppy nose, full of citrus: grapefruit, lemons and orange peel. Touch of onion/garlic makes me wonder if they use Simcoe or Amarillos.

T: Tastes almost like a witbier - body is light and there's a crispness that goes along with the citrusy hops that makes it drink lighter than expected for an APA. Light crackery malt underneath, then a touch of spiciness (that at times reminds me of the twang of wheat) is finished with lemony, mouth-puckering bitterness. Really almost like a wheat ale in many ways.

M: As noted above, light in heft. Carbonation is active with some sharpness, but fairly fine-bubbled.

O: Good. A nice summery APA, if that makes sense.

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Photo of babaracas
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light amber with rocky white head, big patches of lace. Smell: pineapple, grapefruit, lemon peel are all here but somewhat underrepresented... light biscuity-ness beneath. Taste: lots of hop flavor and nice bitterness...sugared grapefruit, pine, lemon. Mild caramel and dried apricot. Medium bodied with a fluffy feel and semi-prickly carbonation poking through. Nice.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy apricot in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some deep golden yellow + orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a medium to large patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit/tangerine hops over the top of lighter aromas of pine/resin hops and biscuit malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of biscuit malts underneath stronger flavors of hops - moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit/tangerine and slightly lighter flavors of pine/resin. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: I think this is a really easy to drink and enjoyable beer - I like the hop flavors/aromas and thought this was a nice new beer.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy gold in color, with a nice two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Pleasant boquet of citrussy hops
Taste-Burst of white grapefruit, citrus rind, floral hop notes. Very crisp and refreshing. Nice flavor and balance. Very nice summer brew!

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

12 oz bottle from an $11 6-pack. Poured into a tulip.

A: Completely opaque, slightly tawny gold. Big rocky head. Could easily pass for a saison. Very promising.

S: Big tropical grapefruit and pineapple flavors. The best-smelling APA I've experienced.

T: Less explosion than the nose indicates. Citrus flavors are there, but more muted. Slightly, pleasantly bitter back end. Very easy drinking.

M: Somewhat light-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Soft. Drymouthmaking.

O: Live is a new entry to the New Orleans market. Seemed superior on tap, but this is a very, very good APA which is not far qualitatively from the West Coast paragons of the style, SNPA and Anchor Liberty. Quintessential hot-weather fare, and very sessionable at 5.5%.

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