Live | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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 pgrose
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Bottle, Buffalo, NY
L: clear copper color
S: slight citrus
T: Very mild hoppy flavor, doesn't hit as hard as some IPAs
F: medium carbonation
O: a sessionable pale ale, not the most complex flavor but enjoyable

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Photo of leantom
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Saw this on tap and decided to give it a try. Here goes:

A: Looks good. Light orange, decent head and lacing, good carbonation. Have seen beers like this before, though.

S: Very faint, but some floral hops, mango, citrus, and pineapple. Not as robust as I was hoping.

T: Very good, actually. Great hops add flavors of mango, citrus, pineapple, flowers, grass, etc. Also a good amount of malt sweetness. This beer is very well-balanced.

F: Perfect. Nice and crisp.

O: Great beer. Will have again.

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Photo of 716gibbs
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I live 15 minutes from Southern Tier Brewing Company, so it's always nice to pick up a keg right from the place in which the beer was brewed. More times then not I'm drinking this beer fresh, so my review might be bias. Great APA, with citrus notes of grapefruit and apricot taking over the aroma as well as the taste of the beer. Mildly hoppy. Reminds me of Founders All Day IPA in taste. Once in awhile I will notice inconsistency in the taste of the beer from batch to batch, but this is a great summertime beer, one I usually have on tap, and one I've been enjoying since I had STBCs trial run of this stuff a few years back.

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Photo of Beglane
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured cloudy, smells of hops and citrus, which was a nice surprise from a pale ale. However? Where's the hop taste? It just struck me as funny with a big hop nose and a little hop taste, but whatever. Regardless, It's still very good. I wouldn't recommend.

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Photo of Notacraftdrinker
3.02/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not sure if I got a bad bottle or not but a funky fruit like aroma and taste. Maybe citrus. Just tasted very off to me. Not one of my favorite brews from southern tier.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft in 16 oz pint glass
A very slightly cloudy yellow with thin, but lasting head; smells of lemon/citrus; fairly typical pale ale with good hop features; mild bitter that lingered a bit too long for my liking;a fairly standard and very drinkable if you prefer this style

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color, sudsy white head retains well at about a quarter inch.

Smells of honey and citrus over grassy malts with a light fresh piney hoppiness.

Tastes of dry grassy malts with a hint of citrus and a dry bitter hop bite.

Fuller body with fluffy carbonation.

A nice dry pale ale that still manages a fruity character. Very tasty and easy to drink, lives up to Southern Tier's lofty standards.

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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 cbutova
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well... looks I'm doing a review.... live for once. I'll see myself out. Anyways, just noticed all of these Southern Tier 12oz offerings on the shelves I haven't reviewed yet. Generally a good thing.

A- The tall 12oz bottle is poured to the Pumking goblet with a golden-apricot body that is quite hazy, the name is appropriated. A large white cap builds to about two fingers with a superbly thick, puffy texture and great retention. A massive pillow remains and lace starts about as thick as it gets with

S- I had no idea what this beer would be about but a lively hop aroma jumps right out of the glass as an invitation to taste. Fruits like tangerine, orange, apricot come to mind with floral, herbal, zesty and stone fruit hints.

T- Aforementioned hops are joined by a flavorful but not sweet malt character here. The hops are the leading flavor with orange peel, tangerine, cantaloupe, stone fruit, floral and just a general zesty fruitiness. This initial character turns to a malty aftertaste of bread, fresh cracked base grains and cereal.

MF- Overall thickness is certainly leaning towards the light side of things but the texture really makes things interesting. High end carbonation causes the beer to really become puffy and quite foamy but still creamy. It ends with a light bitterness on the taste buds.

I hate to even mention the word surprise but it was a bit of one for me. Some of the Southern Tier six-pack offerings have been hit or miss in my experience but it has been quite some time since I've consumed them. The bright, fruity hops are matched very well by the bready malts in the finish. The live yeast seems to give the body a nice boost which helps the flavors truly shine.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
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 -14.5%
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 +14.8%

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 +0.8%
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 -6.1%

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 +2.3%

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 -4.3%

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

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 -23.5%

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 +5.9%
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 +13.5%
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 -2.6%
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 -19.4%
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 -8.9%
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 -2.6%
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 -4.3%
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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