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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 rab53
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New arrival at the beer shop. Attractively priced at $3.99/22oz.

Pours a slightly turbid pale gold with moderate white head.
Smells biscuity and grainy. Grassy hops.
Taste is mainly pale malts, a touch vegetal. Mild bitterness.
Slightly thicker mouthfeel than expected, though not unpleasant.
Nice well-priced pale ale. No weird ingredients or other gimmicks. Just an well-made pale ale.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I thought this Live was a nice little beer! It poured a clear golden with white head that did not lace. The scent was a gorgeous mix of pine and citrus. The taste was a nicely balanced brew that leaned bitter with pine and citrus base. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was quite nice!

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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 Billolick
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours near clear lighter amber, moderate lite khaki head, leaving a nice looking fine film and some ringed sheeting.

Nose of piney hops

Easy drinking and quite enjoyable, moderate and smooth hop presence. Breads malt providing the balance and drink ability .

Worth a try

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Photo of WesWes
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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 LiquidAmber
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a thin off white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of bready malt and piney and grassy hops, light orange citrus and pineapple. Mild, but nice. Flavor of biscuit malt, grassy and lightly piney hops, light citrus, finishing with grassy hop bitterness and lingering biscuit malt. Light bodied. A nice, pale ale with no stand out features, but pleasant and well balanced.

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Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Stinkypuss
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours straw yellow with a pillowy white foam that leaves a sheet of lace down the mug. Perfect clarity.

Aroma of piney hops, very herbal. Resinous, oily hops in the nose.
In the taste, mildly bitter and has some grapefruit or perhaps orange skin pulp flavors. Pale malts giving the necessary sweetness and depth to the beer.

Light bodied, well carbonated feel. Finishes a bit slickly and oily with a small hop bite.

Overall, a very nice pale.

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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 flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: yellow-golden hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy, almost rocky ivory foam. Not bad!

Smell: sweetish malt with a lightly citrusy, ever-so-slightly funky hop character. Actually not too bad.

Taste: lightly malty with an interesting lemony character right up front. Lemon and citrus notes dominate throughout, even to the bright and not-too-bitter finish. Quite refreshing!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a rich, long-lasting creaminess. Dig it.

Overall: a very refreshing and drinkable pale ale. Do the hops give it this lemon brightness? In any case, it would make a fantastic lawnmower beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World, in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a light gold color, with a 2 inch head, with pretty good lacing.

Smells like orange, lemon, and pine needles.

Tastes incredible. A nice rustic taste to this- some fresh cut grass and pine, along with brighter juicy flavors of orange, pineapple, and lemon. A lingering, pleasant bitterness stays on the tongue throughout the session.

Very dry. Medium to light mouthfeel, well carbonated.

One of Southern Tier's best hoppy offerings, only behind 2XOne and 2XIPA, really.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 12. fl.oz. bottle. Sampled on January 14, 2014.

The pour is a slightly cloudy golden yellow-orange tone with a white fizzy head that is short lasting.

The aroma has a nice toasted malt character with a fruity, floral sort of hop character. Also earthy. Smells fairly fresh.

The body is light to medium.

The taste is more sweet than many IPA's but there is a kind of juicy watermelon note on it as well, which I did not expect. The fruity character tends to take it all over. Moderate bitter finale.

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Photo of dar482
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours in a beautiful marigold that is super hazy. It’s such a lovely inviting color with a one finger head. The head doesn’t last long and died down quickly.

There is a wonderful fresh juicy hop aroma. Sweet sweet tangerine and peachiness.

The flavor is very good. You get that juiciness in the flavor. There isn’t really a hop bite, but it’s a pale ale after all. Then again, there is some hops to make this more exciting than a boring pale ale. It comes off the tongue decently so you keep wanting more. There’s a decent bitter finish that reminds me a bit of Ruination. The lasting flavor reminds me a bit of Ruination’s.

There’s no much carbonation, which gives the beer a very light body. I do wish it had more complexity and more refined cleanness. However, still a great pale ale. Spot on for beer lovers and a great intro to getting into hops, like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. For those who can't get their hands on Maine Co. MO, this is actually a competent beer for relativity. Huge hops, just a refreshing wonderful beer.

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Photo of corby112
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a half finger white foam head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Floral, earth hop aroma with grass and pine notes countered by bread, biscuity malt and light fruit. Slightly resinous with soily hops followed by bread, apple, pear and pale malt notes.

Medium bodied with a dank, crisp hop bite that provides a strong bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malt into a bone dry finish. Very earthy with soil like flavor along with grass and pine needle followed by bready yeast, light fruit and biscuit malt. Sweet hints of apple, pear and subtle alcohol provide a decent counter to the strong hop flavors. Pale malt backbone with bread, biscuit and cracker. Light and well balanced and while its nothing out of the ordinary, it's a decent, sessionable beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Dense sunny d orange ( yes i totally disregarded the bottles advice on decanting) with a big billowy 2 figner plus head that was very well lasting (up to five minutes with little signs of decay). Small traces of yeasty goodiness, but not as much as expected with spongy streaks of lace adoring the vessel.

S: Fresh citrus and oranges first arrive on the nose with a soft backing of pine. Love the fresh, juicy nature of the aroma, not everything has to be dry hopped and bitter. Sure signs of late kettle hops with some small fresh wet grass hints.

T: The flavor was crisp, bright in nature, filled with citrusy-orange and grapefruit hopping. Nice graininess and crisp pale nature from the pale malts with a very even toned hopping trasistion. Smooth, bready and gentle piney fade of dryness leaves off the tongue.

M: Crisp mouthful, love a pale that keeps it pale and crisp, fresh and bright feel, medium bodied with a slight creamy nature. Gentle lingering hops adds a nice touch on the fade without being obnoxious.

O: Nice drinkability, feels fresh and young and very crisp. The Hops are fresh upfront wtih a gentle dryness on the close. Very good overall no hesitation on repurchase. The way a good pale should drink.

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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 VelvetExtract
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a bright orange color. Light haze amongst the body. Head is purely white. The consistency of the head is a combination of froth and big bubbles. Head retains its modest height. Excellent lacing.

S-Hello, nice to meet you! Nose is quite enticing. Tropical fruit medley. Grapefruit smoothie. Lighter notes of grass and flowers and maybe some mint. The malt delivers cracker and caramel. I am impressed.

T-The flavor is a tad less impressive. It has everything found in the nose but not at the same level of intensity. The flavors don't blend as well as they do in the aroma. That being said, there is plenty to like here. Albeit less tropically diverse, the citrus is very stressed and it is very vibrant. Freshly poured orange juice with tons of natural pulp. Really exudes orange elements. Clementines, naval oranges and tangerines. The malt attempts to balance but has a difficult time. This tastes like an IPA to me.

M-Light/medium hybrid. Cutting carbonation. Dry with medium bitterness. Drinks super-smooth.

O/D-This one grew on me. At $3.70 for a bomber, this is a steal. Far better than many of their offerings. I would take this over their regular IPA everyday for the rest of my existence. So much orange! A super-hoppy Pale Ale that is, to me, an India Pale Ale. Whatever it is, it tastes pretty delicious.

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Photo of barczar
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant golden with effervescent bubbles and a frothy inch and a half ivory head that lingers.

Pine, resin, dank cannabis, citrus, onion, and mint accompany floral hop notes on a bed of slightly sweet, grainy malt. Complex aroma.

Flavor delivers herbal and floral hop notes, with underpinnings of tangerine and grapefruit pith, along with mango at the start. Resin and bitter hops kick in at the finish. Light grainy malt ties it all together with a touch of breadiness.

Body is a bit watery, with carbonation a touch high, and light hop astringency.

Great hop character. A little weak in body. Could use a touch more malt. Impressive posturing, though a little bitter for my liking.

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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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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Immortale25
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains pretty well before becoming an 1/8 inch head. Resilient lacing leaves spackles of foam behind on the glass.

S- Balanced aroma of piney hops and bready malts. The hop character is very pleasurable and especially noticeable for a standard pale ale.

T- The great balance continues as the earthy hops come on with a mild bitterness and melds with the breadiness of the malt. Alcohol is light and the flavor is sturdy enough to keep things interesting all the way through the drink.

M- Somewhat sharp and just a tad oily with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- A highly quaffable pale ale that doesn't skimp on flavor.

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

Pours a slightly hazy light orange golden color with off-white head. Citrus fruits and light malts on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied, a little depth. Finishes with citrus and bread.

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Photo of avalon07
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
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 jzeilinger
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy medium orange color with a one fingered head that dies down fairly quick and mellow carbonation.

S - Lots of acid, dank citrus rind, some grass and pine, light biscuity malt. The aroma is mostly the hops doing their thing.

T - Some tangy oranges, grapefruit, lightly floral, and a light biscuity caramel malt base and ends with a bitter citrus and pine wallop.

M - Light medium body and the hops leave a healthy coating and makes the lining of your mouth feel dry and puckered.

O - Now here's a really hoppy pale that this style has been screaming for. It's great to enjoy a low ABV hop bomb for a change, 'could drink several of these without getting stupid, Southern Tier has a winner here.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a can glass

A pale yellow body with a touch of orange through the core. The bone white cap rises two+ fingers and retreats slowly. Clingy spider web lacing inside the glass.

Papaya, mango, white grapefruit, and tangerines in a burst out of the glass. A fairly straightforward malt profile; wheat, light cereal sweetness.

On the palate, soft tropical fruit lend a bit of a juicy sweetness up front before the malts carry through the middle. Wheat, white bread, and a touch of cereal sweetness. The finish is a rush of tropical fruits. Papaya, mango, grapefruit, and tangerines with a mild bitterness.

Light bodied with good carbonation. There is a powdery element to the grain that is a little off-putting, but not enough to make this a bad beer.

A very tasty, super easy to drink APA. Solid tropical hop profile and a mild bitterness. This was a pleasant surprise.

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