Live | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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88
very good
1,523 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rab53 on 10-30-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,523
Reviews:
250
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.46%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
364
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,523 |  Reviews: 250
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a good blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice flavorful pale ale to pound down for a long time.

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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 Rifugium
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

This was a welcome change of pace after the somewhat disappointing Dampf Loc. Hazy lighter amber pour, with a medium-sized, foamy, white head that receded to a thin layer, but never completely disappeared, and left some spotty lacing on the glass. Nice aroma crisp with fresh hops, pale malts and a bit of toastiness as well. More of the same in the taste, a good balance, fresh grassy and citrus hops, with a biscuity pale malt base. Simple and tasty. Light-medium body, easily drinkable, and worth revisiting.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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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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 smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm leaving my original review below. This bottle gave me a very different experience. First, the head was tight, receded lumpy and left chunky lace on the glass. Second, the body was markedly improved--far more rich and creamy. I've raised the score to reflect this experience.
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Large-bubbled, quickly receding head. It does leave some spots on the glass. Mild haze to the otherwise clear, rich golden color.

Plenty of evergreen and fresh-crushed hop pellet aroma. Reminds me of a homebrew shop.

Tastes like a pale ale from the tap of the local brew pub...That is to say this seems extraordinarily fresh for a bottled beer. The taste is better balanced with a typical pale malt start and a stronger bitter finish with a decently lasting aftertaste. The body is very thin and the carbonation elevated--closest I've had to a seltzer-textured beer in a very long time.

This is a mixed bag. On the debit side is the body and appearance, but the flavor and smell are appealing.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this at Shady McGrady's enjoyed chilled from a goblet.

The color is a golden hued amber with mild hazed look and thick white head that drops to a ring with ring of lace. The smell is fruity hops with some mild yeast ester and hint of malt aroma. The feel is decent with balance of malt sweetness and slight bitter hops with fruity and tangy yeast with moderate carbonation and semi-dry finish.

The taste is good with slight pine tinge from the hops with light citrus and slight astringent flavor like overbrewed tea with a mild malt flavor which adds sweetness to balance the slight bitter aspect. The taste of malt is pretty well interwoven with the hops and yeast as a pale should be. Overall this is a nicely flavored pale, not very complex or intense but it is good for the style

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Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mdfb79
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 07/08/13 notes. Had this on tap at Ginger Man in NYC. 16 oz pour in a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy, burnt orange-golden color with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of tropical fruits, fruity malts, mango, pineapple, citrus, lemon-lime, wheat, and bready malts. Awesome nose, tons of tropical fruits to it and some light citrus. Really liking the nose.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, light tropical fruits, citrus hops, grapefruit, wheat, grains, and lemon zest. Nice, but seems a bit watered down compared to the great nose. More citrus and grapefruit than the nose, but less mango and tropical fruits.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is very smooth and easy to drink. Great mouthfeel.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit. i thought the nose was awesome with tons of tropical fruits, and the mouthfeel was great; smooth, creamy, and easy to drink. Taste was not as strong, though it is good, with less tropical fruits. Worth checking out and something I'd definitely have again.

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Photo of vfgccp
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of woodychandler
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

And now, Live from Chez Woody, my 2,400th review on this site!

From the bottle: "Bottle Conditioned Pale Ale"; "Contains yeast - we recommend decanting into a glass"; "Brewed with 4 Varieties of Hops and 4 Types of Malts".

My oh-so-gentle pour so as not to disturb the lees produced only a skim of wispy, tawny head. Color was a deep golden-yellow (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity and I was uninterested in playing referee to Midas, Croesus and Mammon, all who wanted some. Nose was predominantly grapefruit, but I felt like I smelled pineapple in there also. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste, while citrusy, was not as pronounced as it would be in an AIPA. I really felt like I was tasting pineapple on the finish, but I may have convinced myself of that on the nose. I will not feel slighted if you disagree with me on that. This was a very mellow beer, especially at the end of the day when I am contemplating an early rack time. My last trick was to swirl the remaining beer in the bottle and pour the lees. Waste not, want not, I always say. Now, I swear that I tasted pineapple! Could the yeast be imparting that flavor? Good stuff.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Something tells me this beer might kick ass were it consumed at Budokan... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, light sweet biscuit, sweet flowers, honey, light white grape, and a twist of lemon for good measure. The taste holds notes of grapefruit peel, light orange peel, mild grass, flowers, mild biscuit, and a vague sense of yeast. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a very nice pale ale, one of the best I've had from Southern Tier in a long while.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Slightly hazy medium gold color with lots of floaties in the glass and a bubbly white head that dissipates quickly to a ring on top. Aromas of lemon and grapefruity citrus with bits of pine resin and a light bready crackery malt to back it up. The flavor is bready malt with a hint of sulfur and a fair amount of citrusy hop flavor. Light level of hop bitterness. Medium to light body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slick bubbly mouthfeel. Decent pale ale, certainly quaffable, but for the price I'd buy something different next time.

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