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Live | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rab53 on 10-30-2012

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Photo of PSU_Mike
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice little pale ale. Cloudy, hazy, yellow with a thin white head and active carbonation. It's pretty malt forward with a bread-like but there is a strong hoppy presence as well. Floral with a touch of pine. Active carb on the tongue with a thin body.

Nice and drinkable with enough hops to keep me interested.

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Photo of rand
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From 12 oz bottle to pint glass

Poured into a pint glass, slowly decanted into another glass as recommended on bottle.

A: Cloudy copper-tan in color, huge foamy head recedes quickly but leaves messy lacing everywhere.

S: Hop-forward bouquet with nuances of honey and mint. Hop profile is more floral than citrusy. Subdued nose.

T/M: again, floral notes dominate. Touches of honey, biscuits. Strange, watery feel. Not much going on here.

Drinkable but boring. Too many tasty sessions out here on the West Coast to look out for this again. I'll stick to ST's tasty big beers.

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Photo of gadam33
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Very nice hop level for a pale I think it has a more dominant hop flavor than most pale ales. Good everyday beer with very good body & consistency. Nice lacing when poured.

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Photo of Samp01
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden yellow with a fluffy white head, some lacing. Aroma is of pleasant orange citrus esters, floral and citrus hops and a mild tangy grapefruit flavor, some caramel malt as well. Taste same as aroma. Palate is a medium body, crisp, smooth and good carbonation. Finishes with a citrus orange flavor, caramel malt, some tangy grapefruit on the tongue. A very good, flavorful and tasty summertime brew.

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Photo of 57md
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%

Straw color. Nice hoppy nose. The body and malt backbone are rather thin. The hoppiness is subtlety bitter on the finish.

More of a session IPA than a true APA.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.01/5  rDev +2%

Very nice, easy drinking. Pours a pale yellow with a nice head. The smell was full of hops in the beginning but you could also pick up subtle notes of sour fruit and a little bit of toasted bread. The taste was highly refreshing with crisp hop notes throughout that created a wonderful beginning and finish. Light but very good.

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Photo of BTodd
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-hazy, golden in color. Thick suds initially, dissipating to fine bubbles over 30-60 seconds.

S-Grassy, citrus hops with a biscuit and honey malt presence.

T-True to smell with some hop spice later in the finish. Nicely balanced.

M-Nicely carbonated to be a medium-bodied, easy drinker.

O-Pleasantly surprised by this one. I've been underwhelmed by this brewer previously. I wouldn't buy a six of it while considering my other options. However, handed one or available in pint form at a bar would consistently make me happy.

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Photo of Act25
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

A: All Souther Tier beers look and lace great. This one hazy gold, topped by yeasty, bottle conditioned, pin-point head that lasts and laces. Sticky. Steady stream of pin point bubbles rise.
S: Subtle, staying power, almost Euro, very yeasty, citrus, fresh.
T: An easy drinker, I'd definitely session this. Next to IPAs and DIPAs I keep reaching for the LIVE! Finely balanced, lots of staying power, gets better as it warms.
MF: Refreshing, keeps you coming back for more, med-bodied, great upbeat finish.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Served at fridge temp in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Clear and golden. This is a bottle conditioned ale so there is a ring of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. I had this beer pretty cold and decanted into a glass carefully as not to disturb the sediment. Medium head of smaller bubbles that dissipated quickly to a ring of lace in the glass.

Nose: Citrusy and floral hops up front with a very slight malty note.

Taste: Refreshing and bubbly, strong resinous hops, more in the West Coast style of APAs. The hops are really the only dominant notes present here.

This seems to be more like an IPA Lite rather than an APA. The bottle conditioning is the best part here because it adds such a wonderful mouthfeel with the added carbonation. Tone down the hops and you might be able to find a pale ale in there.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a tawny gold color, slightly hazy, with smallish head.
S: Lots of pine-resin hop notes, with underlying caramel malt.
T: Nice blend of hoppiness with malt: I get a rather nice flavor like sourdough breadcrusts out of this--that's not a simple analogy--literally every time I taste it, it reminds me of sourdough bread, nearly exactly. The hoppiness is partially typical piney, but there's a subtle spiciness in there as well, maybe from one of the four varieties. The malt has a great balance against the hops, as well.
M: neutral texture, typical body.

Tasty beer! The "Live" is just a gimmick. They ought to package this on its own and give it a better brand name.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden pour with a white one-finger head and medium carbonation. Really nice grapefruit flavor upfront. Medium body also has a good pine presence with hints of bread in background. Flavors are really well defined. Finishes dry with a mild lingering citrusy bitterness. Really good beer, grapefruit hop flavor is perfect.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy pineapple-yellow body with a small white head. Looks lively. Silky lacing.
Smells lightly of orange rind and grassy perfume, with malts underneath.
Tastes just like it smells. Finishes a bit dry, but refreshing nonetheless.
Mouthfeel is soft and the hops impart a pleasant bite.
This is a lighter, refreshing style I don't visit too often. Great after the lawn-cut.

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Photo of craft4mike
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Hazy golden color with a thick white foam and floating yeast. Steady stream of carbonation floating to the top.

S - Citrus and floral hops but the citrus comes through the strongest.

T - Pretty tame Pale ale. The Citrus hops are at the fore front with some pale malts. Not a ton of complexity in flavor but pretty easy to drink.

M - Mouth feel is very good in my opinion. Almost creamy. I hate beers that come through watery and that is certainly not a concern with this one. Also a little bit of carbonation on the tongue does wonders for this beer.

O - In all fairness Pale Ales are not my favorite style but this one is pretty sessionable. If you really enjoy the style it is worth a try. Its interesting how tame this beer is for Southern Tier, a brewery notorious for going over the top with sweetness, flavors, ABV and just about anything everything else.

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Photo of plaid75
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy brass hue with a one ginger foamy white head. There was decent Laing and retention.

The snell featured a light herbal hop.

The taste offered soft pale malts and a light herbal hop spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side. of the style.

Overall a decent and neutral APA.

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Photo of HarpuaCritz
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a glass. Hazy golden color with nice head that dissipates slowly leaving some nice lace. Light and drinkable. Subtle grapefruit notes followed by nicely balanced hop profile. Very sessionable. *Bottle-conditioning leaves natural sediment in bottom.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cap explodes off with a burst of CO2. Pours a dense, frothy white head that bubbles for a few seconds. Great persistence and lacing. Nice floral hop aroma. Clear and golden before swirling in any yeast. Hazy yellow after. Citrus hop flavor in the front with a pleasant, medium bitterness. Effervescent mouthfeel. The hoppiness moves to a vaguely citrus rind character (but never moves into the unpleasant zone of this flavor). The malt peeks through in the finish to make for a slightly sweet citrus finish.
Once the bottom bits are swirled in, there is a sharper, more assertive hoppiness to this; more pine in the front.

This is a very solid pale ale. Nothing mind blowing, but just a well-crafted example of the style. I'm really a fan of the hop profiles used by Southern Tier, and this was no exception.
While bottle conditioned is far from rare, this one seemed to take that moniker very seriously; I haven't had a bottle open so violently from CO2 and/or bubble up for a few seconds after pouring.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pale ale might have the foamiest head I've ever seen on a beer from a bottle. A 2-3" off white, fluffy head on every bottle I poured. There is the off-putting (to me) residue at the bottom of the glass, but otherwise the appearance is solid. Hints of grapefruit, floral hops, and yeast in the smell -- very nice. Hops and citrus overtones are the highlights of the taste. Easy to drink -- not too astringent, which sometimes APAs can be. Overall, very solid choice for a summer APA.

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Photo of adam147
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great balance. Enough to satisfy the hop tongue and crisp enough to session. This is spring and summer in one. No need to go all the way down to the light IPA style brews. The live yeast gives extra shelf life , however being close to the brewery that's not an issue here. I've heard of at home kegs getting weak toward the end but never had issue in bars

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Photo of ImFnKrazy
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The cloudier the better with this brew. In my experience with this beer, if u get crystal clear LIVE you have not recieved the best southern tier has to offer. However if your LIVE is all muddy u have the best beer offering the beer gods can deliver. Have yet to determine what makes this beer so muddy and great, wether it is early runs or later ones, or if sitting for awhile helps. If you discover the secret let me in!

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color forming a medium and bubbled white head with medium to low retention and some lacings left in the glass. Lots of particles floating around that I suppose are the result of dry hopping

S: Great nose. Very flowery, fruity and piny. Strong notes of tropical fruits, pine and a touch of citrus. Strong notes of pale malts, mainly Maris Otter. Reminded me the Brewdog Punk IPA. End is a bit earthy. Refreshing...

T: Slightly sweet malts in the beginning. It's always nice the combination of Maris Otter malts and piny hops. Makes it more refreshing and with a strong tropical fruits character. Moderate hop bitterness in the end

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Something to be mention is the water quality of Southern Tier that gives the beer a quite smooth texture. Piny and fruity aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. An APA that could be easily classified as an IPA. Quite hoppy, refreshing and... Delicious

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Photo of wiegs4life
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Isaac Newton's in Newtown, PA. Served in a pint glass. Yellowish amber color. Closest pale ale I've had to an IPA. I very much enjoyed this beer. I find this as a good beer for those who aren't in the mood for all the bitterness of a full IPA.

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Photo of Bone53
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Appearance: Golden yellow color with a two finger soapy off white head

Smell: Very citrusy and floral, bready pale malts

Taste: citrus and pine upfront, toasted malts, and a bit grassy at the end of the palate that carries into the aftertaste. The burps taste great!

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel; Well carbonated and slightly hoppy. Refreshing to be sure

Overall: A well hopped pale ale yet balanced by slight malt and grassy character. Very refreshing and sure to please during the warmer months. I find myself drinking more IPAs and doubles nowadays, but this is a solid example of the style and I will consider this as a sessionable hoppy beer.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber with a two finger head. Smells yeasty and citrusy and very bright. Reminds me very much of a grapefruit like beer. Some pine like flavor. A very nice clean and refreshing beer. Has good flavor and good mouthfeel. Alcohol is well masked.

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a thick head that dissipates way to fast. Little or no carbonation.

Smell: Nice floral/fruity smell.

Taste: Nice floral/pine taste with citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: I'm surprised to feel a good carbonation when I can see none. Medium body, quite nice.

This beer somehow ends up being a totally decent beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: There's a minimal haze to this deep gold-hued body. Frothy, white head.

Smell: There's a light pale maltiness given a smear of cereal sweetness, slender but sufficient hoppiness, and a just a touch of yeast.

Taste: Pale malts, though light, with a medium level of cereal sweetness. Limited hop flavors of fruit, citrus, and florals. Modestly bitter. Southern Live, while not Dead, closes out with a fairly neutral finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Sensibly smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: For what it is, it's still a relatively pleasing beer.

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