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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 PsilohsaiBiN
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Not much head, hazy, unfiltered amber kinda like a wheat beer or something.

Smell: Coriander, subtle hops, subtle honey.

Taste: Nice, easy drinking and balanced pale. Could definitely session this in Summer for sure. It's subtle in terms of hops, malt and the this subtle honey/wheaty sweetness I'm getting. If you weren't paying attention, you'd think it was just another lame pale, but everything is blended so nicely, you almost don't notice.

Mouthfeel: Nice aggressive and carby mouthfeel from the conditioning. Nice.

Overall: Not the most interesting Pale Ale, but definitely worth a try. It's brewed well and balanced nicely. Southern Tier Rocks!

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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 DrinkSlurm
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at tap and mallet in Rochester ny. Pours a hazy golden - bottle condition. Nice hop aromas. Lots of citrus and some biscuit malt. Great citrus hop flavor...with a great biscuit balance. Its a bit tart but otherwise a nice brew and a solid pale ale.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Date of bottling is 02/27/13.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper golden orange with a lot of fast rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: A bright and crisp hop forward aroma with lots of citrus fruit esters. Citrus hops upfront with big hints of orange, grapefruit, mango, apricot, pineapple, tangerine, and lemon. Also some hints of grassy and piney hops. Sweet malt balance comes through with hints of bready biscuit, wheat grains, lively yeast, cracker, and some spicy rye. Nicely balanced. A really nice and zesty juicy aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose well, a crisp and zesty taste with lots of citrus fruit flavor. Hoppy upfront with notes of juicy orange, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, apricot, tangerine, and lemon zest. Some earthy grassy and piney hop notes in the mix as well. Midway comes a solid bready malt balance with notes of biscuit, wheat grains, cracker, the live yeast, and some rye. A really solid juicy and balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, drying, and very smooth.

Overall: A very good American Pale Ale. Very good citrus flavor with a solid malt balance. One of the better takes on the style in a while.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright yellowish gold color with a big frothy white head. The head gives way to a little bit of lace on the glass. The aroma you can smell as you get close, pineapple, oranges, lemons and a little bready malt at the very back. The taste follows suit pineapple, mango, oranges and lemons fill the first part of the beer with a bready malt end. The taste is very well blended and very smooth. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall this is a very solid beer, it is a nice beer that you can enjoy multiply beers. Smooth and easy drinking.

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

DOB: 2/27/13

Appearance: Left the last bit in the bottle since it's bottle-conditioned, ended up with a golden brew that has great clarity. One finger frothy eggshell-white head. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Lots of bready malt with a hint of pepper or spice either from rye or an earthy hop presence. Just a touch of pine or grass from the hops as well.

Taste: Very much like the aroma with that classic APA biscuit malt flavor. Nicely balanced with a moderate bitterness (40-50 IBUs?) that gives great earthy and spicy hop notes. The beer is about two months old and the chosen hops have really stood the test of time, I expect the hop character will stay tasting great for another couple months which makes this a good beer to take a chance on. Finish is peppery and almost dry with a nice hoppy bitterness lingering in the aftertaste. At 5.5% ABV it's a tad watery but very flavorful all the same.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body. Easygoing carbonation and great drinkability. Sessionable.

Final Thoughts: With all the big and bold IPAs, DIPAs, and Barleywines out there it is easy to forget how good an APA can taste. This is a good beer for anyone, newbies to the craft scene and hard core beer advocates alike. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly hazy golden with a few finger white head.

S - Grapefruit and pine with light bready malt.

T - Pine and grapefruit rinds, orange cream, light sweetness, very well balanced.

M - Medium light body with good carbonation.

D - Pretty straight forward and simple and there is nothing wrong with that. Will make a nice spring/summer refresher.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with 1/2 an inch of fluffy white head that dissipates into a thin blanketing. The nose is sweet and malty with good yeast fruit forward and a touch of bitter hops (not distinctly citrusy/piney/earthy/fruity). So far everything about this beer screams "balanced and drinkable," and I certainly was not disappointed by the taste. Upfront maltiness transitions into a well-balanced bitter, yeasty, semi-dry finish. It has great carbonation and a light-medium body (heavier than a regular APA) followed by a lingering, citrusy bitterness that pulls everything together. I'm glad to see ST getting into new styles and think this beer is worth a try.

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Photo of BB1313
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 3/7/13. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. This pale ale is bottle conditioned. Pours a hazy bright golden, nice fluffy white head with sticky lacing. Aromas are very nice. They aren't abrassive and in your face, but they're extremely enjoyable. It had a bit of a west-coast vibe to it. Lots of sticky grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. The flavors drop off a bit, but are still pretty tasty. Caramel malts are there, but seem to take a backseat. There's hints of grass and pine. It has some earthy flavors. Bitter, but not too bitter. This has a nice spicy kick as well. Mouthfeel is very nice. Active carbonation, fluffy and creamy. Crisp and refreshing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Very easy drinking brew. This would be great for outdoors during the warm weather.

This is a really nice pale ale. Southern Tier has a nice beer on their hands with this one.

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Photo of WesWes
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome! It has an incredible pale malt scent along with a killer citrus hop nose.; totally surpassed my expectations. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale malt flavor with an excellent hop character. It has a mild bitterness, but finishes with a great hoppy freshness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good good APA; probably one of the best I've had in quite some time.

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

DOB: 03/07/13

Cloudy, glowing golden color with a mighty, frothy head that retains nicely. Classic pale ale aroma: lots of juicy, zesty citrus, floral and grassy hops, fresh cracker-like malts, and pine. Grapefruity, fresh hoppy flavor...oily, juicy, leafy, and spicy, with a little sweetness from the malt. Slick and fluffy feeling in the mouth, not highly carbonated. Excellent APA!

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

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed brass color with a white head that thinned out leaving some thin lacing.

S - tropical fruits with a citrus rind background.

T - light and fruity with just the right amount of bitterness.

F - light/medium bodied, good carbonation, easy to drink.

O - a tasty APA that's worth a try.

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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 thecheapies
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light haze from a semi-careful decanting. Light amber. Sudsy inch cap with lovely lacing.

Lots of citrus and leafy hops. Wonderfully balanced pale malt and faint floral notes.

Citrus first, but floral hops, too. Dry maltiness with bitterness. Not astringent. Somewhat soapy. Not your familiar American hop profile.

Simple feel. Scrubby carb. Lighter side of medium in body. Very drinkable.

Solid pale ale. One that I'd go for.

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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 shand
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love a good APA, but it's been a while since I've had a great new packaged one. Southern Tier just started bottling Live, so I hope it stands up. The appearance, at the very least, does. Live pours a hazy orange color with a large head. The aroma is briskly hoppy, providing sharp citrus over light caramel malts and grains. The taste is hoppy and clean, with the sharp citrus and a touch of pine cutting over grainy malts to a very clean finish. The mouthfeel is light and well-carbonated, and the drinkability is great. Overall, Live is a solid APA. It falls to the age-old problem with APAs though - where a six-pack costs almost as much as a twelver of Sierra Nevada, and it's not really better than SNPA.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a single of this in my mix and match section at my local House of 1,000 beers.

A - Somewhat hazy bright orange yellow with a 1/2 inch of bubbly foam. Lacing is excellent.
S - Ah bright mellow pineapple and citrus hops. Somewhat grassy with sweeter malts and pale malts. Simple but smells balanced.
T - A very clean pale ale that really balances the bittering hops with pale sweet malts. Nothing new but a great beer.
M - Very crisp with a light to medium body. Sessionable ABV.

Overall I always try anything these guys put out and I could see picking up a case of this. A very drinkable hoppy pale ale.

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Photo of avalon07
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a slightly cloud texture. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very sweet, fruity, and hoppy aroma. Enticing.

T: Tasted of light hops, a little bit of malt, and a generous (though not excessive) helping of citrus. Not necessarily a groundbreaking flavor, but light refreshing and tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a straightforward and easy to like beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of Omnium
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass, (Also had on tap)
A - Pours a slightly hazed yellow, big 2 finger white head, and good lacing.
S - Not a whole lot goin on in the aroma area, but some nice light malt, citrus, and a hint of wheat.
T - Good flavor, a great balance of citrus hops, some real light fresh bread malt, a touch of pine.
M - Nothing extravagant but very refreshing.
O - Great pale ale, just in time for summer, kind of a minor step up from P&M but I could drink this all year round, but especially in summer.

EDIT: Having this multiple times, including on tap, this beer is just stupid good for and APA, unbelievably refreshing, flavorful, and definitely sessionable.

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Photo of Tianjoja
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Hay colored orange/yellow. Mine hand a foaming 1 finger head that dissipated fairly quickly.

S - Sweet malty smell with subtle citrus notes

T - Again sweet malts, very pleasant orange and mild grapefruit. Light bitterness. Well balanced.

M - Medium/Light. Not overly carbonated but bubbles dance on the tounge.

O - The store I go to (shout out to Syosset Beverage on Long Island). Lets me pick single bottles out of a six pack and basically build my own 6er. I saw this and never saw it before so I picked one up to try. What a pleasant surprise. I will definitely go back and pick up a full 6 pack of this stuff. It's a great spring/summer session brew. It does come off more like a light IPA instead of a Pale Ale. I just started homebrewing and I really appreciate the fact that it is bottle conditioned. When you pour it in a glass you can see the little yeast cake in the bottom of the bottle so if thats not your thing you should be extra careful on the pour.

Overall a very nice beer that I will buy throughout the spring/summer season. Great Job Southern Tier !!! <3

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Curious about this one. Pours a nice, thick head. Light colored in my shaker pint glass. smells terrific. Citrus hops. Tastes the same. Big favors, almost an IPA really. This is basically a delicious session able IPA. I'll enjoy many more of these this summer. Dig Southern Tier.

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Photo of GreenJetta912
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: golden pale color, half finger of head, good retention
S: good malty christmas with hints of lemon and orange
T: great balance, it's your typical pale ale flavor with a little tiny orange cream-sicle thing going on
MF: crisp and a little sweet and creamy
Overall: great beer, good purchase

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Photo of acevenom
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours golden with a lasting white head and lots of visible carbonation. The aroma is of citrus and malt. It's a fairly clean smelling beer. The taste follows the nose mostly. I get the citrus, though it's mostly orange as well as some lemon. I also get the light breadiness from the malt. There's some back end biterness that is fairly mild. It's a bit like some bitter orange on the back end. The body is fairly light with strong carbonation. The beer drinks very smoothly due to all the carbonation. This is a good beer.

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Photo of mattbk
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Light golden/slightly orange color, fairly carbonated, slightly cloudy. Nice lacing on the glass.
S - Overwhelming orange, slightly grapefruit aroma. Not crazy overpowering though, very nice, just a little bit of sweetness.
T - Very good, again, mostly orange, slightly grapefruit, not overpowering bitterness, some nice light sweetness for balance. Refreshing, very drinkable, very good flavor, really quite enjoying this beer. Only ding might be that the bitterness is almost leaning towards an IPA, but it isn't overwhelming.
M - Medium-light mouthfeel, could be a bit fuller here. But not really that off.
O - Not overwhelmingly complex, but definitely very flavorful and very drinkable. This will be perfect in the summer, already planning on a six pack. One of STBC's better offerings. Nice job!

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