IPA (India Pale Ale)
Southern Tier Brewing Company

IPA (India Pale Ale)IPA (India Pale Ale)
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #3,727
ABV:
7%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,168
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 11.17%
Reviews:
976
Ratings:
2,652
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
86
Very Good
IPA (India Pale Ale)IPA (India Pale Ale)
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Photo of maxpower
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can pours a clear copper-orange color, Aroma's of citrus, melon and grapefruit. Very nice foamy clingy head. Juicy grapefruit-citrus flavors, medium bodied IPA with a nice rounded full mouthfeel. Very drinkable!

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Photo of Hammertimewithbob
1.18/5  rDev -69.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I like the color of it, it's got a good head on it. Smells too sour. I don't like it at all. It tastes just like it smells. Sour. It don't even taste like a beer to me. Kind of leaves a sour taste in your mouth. It a'int something I would drink. Rather have my Bud Light. I wouldn't serve this to my cats. It's terrible. I wouldn't feed it to my worst enemy. I wouldn't even give it away to someone. If all beer tasted like this I'd quit drinking.

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Photo of Crowheadhopper
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have to remind myself this IS NOT a Vermont ipa. Nonetheless this is still a smooth session IPA that can lead into a hazier and happier vermont ipa ( c'mon now, we all know I'm talking about beer within a 50 mile radius of Burlington. Let's not even mention Hill Farmsteaf here!). Toasty smell and nice balance on the palate. I could use much more bitterness but I have to keep reminding myself what I'm drinking. A bit too sweet on the finish.

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Photo of Profundobaso
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - poured into a pint glass. Dark gold in color, fully transparent, with a small but frothy head.
Smell - a nice balance of citrus, pine, and floral hops that is quite pleasant, with a bit of sweetness as well. Some malt presence as well.
Taste - a typical IPA, with nice forward hoppiness that is supported with a good malt backbone in the finish. Bitterness is not at all masked, creating a typical old school American IPA experience.
Feel - medium bodied, average carbonation, and solid on booze content at 7% ABV.
Overall - it doesn't stand out particularly, but this is an excellent go-to IPA. The flavors are balanced, the hops are showcased well, and it is exactly as advertised. What's there not to love?

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at LGA.

White head. Lots of active carbonation. Bronze hued gold color.

Earthy, sticky, bitter, weedy. Classic ipa style. Floral. A bit of grapefruit citrus. Solid.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

IPA (India Pale Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, I see a three finger thick head, webbed lacing, and a deep amber body.

I smell "soft pretzel" malts and moderate amounts of hops, as one would expect.

Tastes like a rather non-bitter blend of the smell. Probably because this was brewed back in November and it is now May. Still getting that malt sweetness, however. And this is not to say the hop flavor is absent; it just has been muted over time I'd say.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Overall, IPA (India Pale Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company shall receive a 4.25

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Photo of hoppyhobby
2.99/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Didn’t get much smell. Would have expected more floral or piney tones from an IPA. Got an off taste and not the typical bitterness of an IPA. Didn’t see a born on or consume by date so may have gotten old bottle. Might have to revisit a fresher batch?

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Photo of mikeinportc
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber, with moderate off-white head .

Smells of grapefruit, candied oranges, resinous pine, and biscuity malt.

Flavor is pine , grapefruit , dried orange peel, and bread crust. Significant , slap-you-upside-the-head bitterness throughout. Lingering grapefruit pith & bitterness , well past finish.

Feel is straight-down-the-middle, in all aspects : body, carbonation level, bubble size, sharpness/tingle . Lingering tingle, for 10 sec or so after finish.

Overall, a good, solid , old-school IPA. Now as ubiquitous in S.Tier NY/N. PA as Genny Cream used to be , it's a good fallback option, when nothing more exciting is available. It's not "Wow" , but worth revisiting occasionally, and never disappoints. Had it 100s of times, but somehow never reviewed. Tends to be forgotten, but shouldn't be.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IPA (India Pale Ale) brewed by Southern Tier Brewing Company, with an ABV of 7.00% This IPA pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a nice deep golden amber color, with a nice white head. There is a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with hop bitterness, mixed with earthy grains and malts. So far this brew has the look an smell of most IPA's on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You first pick up the hop bitterness bit at first, then a nice mix of earthy grains and malts. This brew definitely has the IPA punch to it. Lot of hop bitterness, if you are not a fan of hops this is not the brew for you. The body of IPA (India Pale Ale), is a Solid medium. There is nothing really overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. This brew would go nice with dinner or any occasion. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Hoppy, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Southern Tier IPA a soild 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Southern Tier Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this IPA.

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Photo of Spiceepicklez
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great beer for it's price range. I love the color (I'm a huge fan of darker/more colorful beers). Smell is just like a solid west coast IPA. Great flavor and incredibly easy to drink for its ABV. Absolutely great value purchase

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Photo of EMH73
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep amber with a two inch fluffy white head that was fairly well retained and left several rings of lacing. Smells of malts, pine and citrus. Taste is rather malty IMO, fairly sweet, some citrus flavors, pine and a bit of grass. Medium bodied and carbonated, dry finish, smooth mouth feel.

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Photo of pro45
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Says 7% ABV on the bottle. Pours a golden color. Nose is malty, hoppy, piney. Taste is mostly hops and malts. Pine and citrus on the back end. Good carb with medium to light mouthful. Great IPA.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a classic imperial pint glass

A totally clear burnt gold color. Medium sized , smooth and relaxed white foam cover. Slow dissipation.

A very musky, herbal and earthy hop funk pops out of the nose to start. Light tropical fruity edge, citric fruit and sharp, tangy fresh herbs are a nice effect underneath.

An interesting mix of sharp, tangy and fruity hops. Earthy, spicy and tangy fruit hops go a long way, mixed with a light, crisp side of amber barley malt backbone that holds it all down for balance.

A very rich but crisp mouthfeel, medium bodied, malty and slughtly slick with a dry, earthy finish. The malt certainly plays a big role in the body and mouthfeel.

Overall, a pretty standard and acceptable IPA. This one will live in the shadows of the vast primordial forest that is known as the IPA style dominance of the current beer market. A nice beginner IPA that has only slight hop complexity compared to some of the , and especially the new wave, New England Style IPA's that have achieved a high level of complexity and charm.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at an Outback Steakhouse (out of despperation, given the alternatives). Poured a decently attractive deep amber with a nice off-white head that reduced to a thin cap rather rapidly. Initial impression was pine and citrus, with bready malt attempting to balance. Mouthfeel was middle-of-the-road medium, as was carbonation. Finish was slightly bitter, with the aforementioned notes of pine, citrus, and bread persisting. Overall, not terribly objectionable but not something that I would seek out. Unless there weren't any alternatives.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look is golden clear with a small head which breaks quickly. Some spotty lacing. Smell is grainy malts with a minimal amount of hops. Taste is soapy and with piney coming on the back end. Feel is medium with medium carbonation. Soapy aftertaste isn't pleasant.

I will assume this was an old sample. It was not the most pleasant IPA I have had.

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Photo of EMV
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish tulip

L: Nearly clear golden orange pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head leave a great ring of lacing.

S: Light grains... a little cracker mixed with citrus and pine. Subtle but nice mild nose.

T/F: Follows the nose... light grains for a relatively light malt backbone. Hop profile mixed between grapefruit and citrus rind, mild evergreen, spice and mint. Light in body... finish is more citrus rind and a bit of orange. Reasonable bitterness. Hides the ABV.

O: A solid IPA. Nothing crazy exciting or one of Southern Tiers best, but very drinkable.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It poured a deep cloudy orange and gave the same color body. A beautiful half inch white head forms and lasts for a good minute before gently dieing into the body. Nice ringy foamy spider web lacing speckles the sides and clings to the pint glass. The smell has strong tones of pine, citrus and hops. There are some slight malts coming out as the beer warms. The taste takes the previously mentioned smells and gives more of a earthiness to it. I like it. The palate is about a medium and feels great on the tongue. Overall, this is an excellent choice of an American IPA. I didn’t think I would like this one as much.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this on draught in a tavern. Served in a Southern Tier pint glass. It pours a clear, bright gold with two fingers of frothy, egg-white head and lots of lacing. The smell was somewhat muted: grapefruit and pine; not much hop on the nose. The taste was pretty much as I anticipated: citrus, pine, and moderately bitter hops over a solid base of malt. Nothing really stood out. It has a nice crisp mouth feel with pleasant carbonation and is easy to drink with its 7.3% ABV. Overall, it's a competently crafted IPA that touches all the bases. It paired well with pizza. It's a solid, dependable IPA. I would drink it with a meal out but it won't be part of my rotation at home.

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Photo of NyBeerBro
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier puts out an awesome IPA. Aroma is bursting with hops and the taste that follows isn't far behind with excellent hop malt balance. Way to go Southern Tier you made my day.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: Clear copper, with some rising bubbles; a thin, creamy, eggshell white head, that leaves decent lacing.

S: Lots of red and yellow grapefruit, pine needles, and some caramel.

T: Very heavy malt presence. Lots of caramel and toasted biscuit. There's a bit of juicy red grapefruit flesh, grapefruit peel with oils and bitterness, then a bit of fennel and almost black pepper-like spice near the finish, and then it ends with sticky, sappy pine resin. Lingers forever of sticky pine and caramel malt sweetness.

F: Medium-bodied, feels full in the mouth, nice carbonation. A bit too sappy and sweet, though.

O: A typical West Coast style IPA. It's not bad for what it is.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another day at The CANQuest (tm) as I CANtinue to winnow through the backlog. As a self-described, self-avowed hophead, AIPAs are my favorite style, closely followed by DIPAs and when I CAN get several in during a sitting, so much the better! I have known these guys since their inception & I love that they have made the leap to CANs. I am looking forward to this one.

From the CAN: "Why The hell Not?"

I know why the ale not! Sometimes, a gentle Glug will result in greater clarity than when I employ an inverted Glug, both following the Crack! Doing so in this case worked out about as well as could be hoped for. I ended up with a finger of dense, foamy, tawny head with great retention as a cap above the beer itself. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity & loads of tiny CO2 bubbles in evidence. A poor man's lava lamp, to be sure. Nose smelled strongly of grapefruit, but underlain with pine needles. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was medium to full, not quite creamy, but really big for the style. The taste ran the gamut from pine & citrus to an anise-like flavor to a light biscuity breadiness. I like when an AIPA runs towards unbalanced, although I know that not everyone agrees. This flirted with those margins, but it never really fell into that trap, if that is how you think of it. It bothers me when malts get in the way of the hops as in those Cascadian/Black IPAs, but here, the malts were CANplimentary to the hops and allowed them to shine while still remaining noticeable. Finish was dry, as it should be. It was interesting that I felt that pine was prevalent in the mouth & on the tongue, but grapefruit/citrus was what lingered on and after the swallow. Definitely worthy of cooler space CANsideration!

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Photo of HogHeadJones
2.49/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Golden-orange pour with modest head and very little lacing
S: Sweet and alcoholic
T: Strong alcohol taste even though I have had beers with much higher ABV mask it better. Citrus, pine and an off-flavor, lingering metallic taste that doesn't quit.
M: Moderate carbonation
O: I enjoy many of Southern Tier's beers and I am a huge fan of IPAs, but this one is a total bust for me. They should reformulate this one and give it another try because this one isn't cuttin' it.

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Photo of billysdad
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting beer. Would like to try it fresh. Neighbor in my distributorship with Stone. From an area of the country, I never knew existed till my son's college baseball season - who knew part of New York was Southern Tier. Hints of goodness overshadowed by dustiness, age. Too bad not all breweries prominently display bottled by date. I end up sticking with the higher volume, faster moving beers, just for freshness.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Back in the day before trubby juice ipas, this was one of the better east of the Mississippi ipas out there. Good clarity, dark gold, a white head that is compromised eventually by the hop oils. Aroma seemed like C hops and Simcoe.

Taste ample bitterness, but a dry malt toasted pale honey feel. Does have an earthen mouthfeel aspect that owes something to across the pond. Drinkable.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a light golden with amber highlights and a big frothy head.

Aroma is herbal bitter. Not much else.

Taste is herbal bitter balanced with sweet malt.

Not a bad IPA good to see in cans.

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IPA (India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 2652 ratings